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January 9, 2012

More women join Ken. EMS

By Shelley Byrne
The Paducah Sun

PADUCAH, KY. — They solve crimes, fight fires and save lives. They also happen to be women.

Across western Kentucky, more women are taking on emergency services jobs traditionally held by men.

At the McCracken County Sheriff's Department, four women now wear badges and carry guns. Dana Rudd has been a bailiff for several years, but Sheriff Jon Hayden hired Colleen Pennebaker, who oversees the DARE program, Lindsey Miller, a deputy patrolling the roads, and Sarah Preston, the department's newest detective.

Preston, 33, served as a road deputy before being promoted two months ago to replace retiring detective Robert Caskey. Although women are increasingly common in law enforcement, fewer have become detectives.

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