Karen Moulder entered a mans world when few women did so. A lifetime of breaking personal and professional barriers was epitomized by her getting hired in 1983 as the first female member of the Brownsville, Texas Fire Department. She says that her tomboyish nature and single mother status led her to this fascinating and dangerous career which lasted 10 years.A serious car accident brought Karens life as a firefighter to an end but launched her in a new direction. She went back to college and majored in business. After college she managed a physician’s office and obtained her certification in medical billing. Subsequently, she moved to Massachusetts and started her own medical billing company. Karen wrote the book, Burning Barriers, to share her life story and encourage other women to pursue their dreams.Karen spent years protecting lives and property and educating the public on fire safety. She is a true trailblazer and has an inspiring story.