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Parkersburg Police Department's First Female Sergeant

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The Parkersburg Police department made history Friday, swearing in its first ever female police supervisor and sergeant

With her son by her side Friday morning Patrolman First Class W.J. Cox took the oath, officially becoming Sergeant Cox.

She has worked for the department five years.

Sergeant Cox says she is honored to be the department's first woman sergeant and she hopes to serve as a role model for others.

"If I can do something to encourage other young girls to dream and strive to attain their dreams and goals -- if I can in some kind of way be even the smallest inspiration to them ... even though this is the 21st century there are still firsts out there to be made for women," she says.

Patrolman John Cumpston was also promoted to sergeant Friday morning.


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