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Phoenix Fire Chief Kara Kalkbrenner recovering from surgery

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PHOENIX—Phoenix Fire Chief Kara Kalkbrenner is out of surgery and recovering after undergoing a double mastectomy and reconstruction surgery on Friday.

According to Assistant Chief Sally Jamison, Kalkbrenner’s surgeons said the procedure went “extremely well.”

Kalkbrenner announced Wednesday that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

She said in her original announcement that she intends to continue leading the department after the initial recovery period from the surgery.

Kalkbrenner joined the agency in 1985 and is one of only six female chiefs of large metropolitan fire departments in the country.

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