INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 1, 2015)-- Sherri Heichelbech became an Indiana State trooper decades ago. She’s a sergeant now, and one of about 60 women in the department. She says like all troopers, she bleeds blue. The Indiana State Police (ISP) are like her family.
"The people make the department...it's almost like a family setting," said Heichelbech.
But recently, that family connection became literally true. Sherri’s daughter Kaitlyn Greene was given the keys to her first ISP car. She too passed the academy, completed her field training and now becomes part of the first mother-daughter duo in Indiana State Police history.
"I was inspired by mom that there was more to life than what people in my community did -- more than getting married and having kids -- I wanted more for myself, I wanted to make a difference," said Greene.
Greene will now start patrolling in Spencer County, where Sherri raised her as a single mom. For her part, Sherri appreciates the history her family has made in Indiana.
"It speaks highly of how the State Police treats their females, it speaks highly of how society has changed that it's not a man's job anymore," said Sherri.
The tradition this mother and daughter has becomes clear in the photos of Sherri when she first became a trooper herself. Greene says her mom will be right there with her on the job…maybe not physically, but always in spirit.
"In that car, a lot of it is going to be is this something she would do because if its not, I better not do it, cause its going to get me in trouble!" said Greene.
Sherri summed the "Indy blue bloods" up with a simple statement.
"I am so proud of her, I could not be any more proud of her, she is a phenomenal woman and she is going to do a great job for the Indiana State Police."