HR Strange But True!
January 19, 2006

Houston firefighter Beda Kent can accomplish a lot in 12 hours.

Just 12 hours after she gave birth to 7 1/2-pound daughter Brina Sue, Kent took the Houston Fire Department promotion test for captain and earned a score of 104 out of 110, the Houston Chronicle reports. She was going on less than three hours of sleep.

"It was uncomfortable," Kent tells the newspaper. "I had my Motrin--thank God--but that only lasts for so long."

Kent says that if she had missed the exam, she would have had to wait at least two years to take the next one. The department tells the newspaper that it requires every individual seeking a promotion to take the exam at the same time, saying it would be unfair if it allowed some firefighters to reschedule.

Kent, a 12-year veteran of the department, tells the newspaper that she would like the department to consider making accommodations for people who are unable to take the test at the scheduled time because of medical reasons.

Kent was told that just 14 people scored higher than she did on the promotion exam. More than 360 people took the test, the newspaper reports.

Source: Houston Chronicle

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