BROOKLYN - Eight emergency medical service officers were promoted today in Brooklyn.

Three captains were promoted to deputy chiefs and five lieutenants were promoted to the rank of captain.

One of the lieutenants promoted, Elizabeth Cascio, was elevated to the role of “executive officer to the commissioner".

Cascio said that she is the first female to ever hold the position, and she feels like she has earned it regardless of her gender.

Together the newly promoted officers represent over 170 years of experience with the department.