Pam Eanes 

First as a firefighter, next as a political activist, Pam Eanes has been fighting to push progressive issues to the forefront.

Pam began her professional career as a Firefighter/Paramedic and joined the Calumet City Fire Department in 1988, making history as the department’s first woman firefighter. Shattering the glass ceiling over and over, Pam was later the first woman promoted to Lieutenant, Captain and later Assistant Chief. 

In 2014, Pam made history yet again in her landmark court case for marriage equality in Indiana. Pam retired in January 2017 and has spent her retirement active in community affairs in Munster, IN where she has resided since 2005. 

Pam cares deeply about public education and served as a School Board Member for 8 years when residing in Calumet City. Her involvement continues, most recently educating local residents on the impact TIF funding has on public education funding. 

Pam was born in South Carolina and she grew up in neighboring Calumet City. Earned her B.A. cum laude from Benedictine College in 2007. Pam and her wife, Dawn Carver, a patrol officer, were married in 2015. Pam and Dawn have two grown children, Christopher and Samantha.


Public Service


Pictured with

Pam Cap

Pam was a dedicated public servant for over 30 yrs. She believes community involvement creates strong neighborhoods.



environmental advocate

Highland, IN

People's Climate Rally 2017


Pam hopes to see Lake Michigan cleaned  and restored for future use.



marriage equality

With her wife Dawn

Their path to marriage equality was hard fought over many years.

They registered as "Domestic Partners"   Oct. 2006

Had a "Civil Union" ceremony Aug. 2011