A single mother says she will never forget the wise words of her father and how he helped her make history as the first female deputy to become a member of the exclusive and highly trained SWAT team in Polk County.
For Shanon Demarest to say fighting crime as a Polk County Sheriff’s deputy is her dream job is an understatement, but it’s a job the 28-year-old single mother and college graduate almost didn’t get a shot at. When she learned she was pregnant, she put the academy on hold for four years. Demarest worked as waitress and then as a bank supervisor. She couldn’t afford to go to the academy full-time and pay for daycare. But she remembers the day she received a phone call that changed her life.