Lake County cop makes history as first motorcycle deputy

By Julie Broughton - Anchor

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. - A deputy is the first of her kind in Lake County, and she's blazing a trail on a motorcycle.

"I did a parade, and I could hear some kids in the background saying, 'It's a girl! It's a girl!'" said Master Deputy Sandi Chessher.

Chessher says that's a common reaction when she patrols the streets of Lake County on her motorcycle.  

She's the county's first female motorcycle deputy, and was the final member of the traffic unit to become motorcycle qualified.

"I like my climate controlled environment in the vehicle, but I just wanted to do something different and they seem like they have a great time doing what they're doing," she said.

Chessher learned to maneuver the 900-pound bike through an 80 hour motorcycle course.  Now she says she feels like one of the guys.

"I think that's the thing, no matter whether you're male or female, we're just a big team," she said.

And she says regardless of sex or age, it's never too late to take on a new challenge in your own life.

"We only live this life once. Take the challenge and the risk. Why not?" she said.

Chessher tells Local 6 she loves riding so much, that now she has a motorcycle to ride in her spare time.

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