Mindi Machauer one of 46 new State Troopers sworn in
POSTED: Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 5:01pm
UPDATED: Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 7:52pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — A troopers life was made for me; that is what the 46 brand new state troopers shouted as they entered independence park theatre Thursday. Included in that 46 trooper group was Mindi Machauer, one of just two females.
"It's something very special, but i don't like to think of myself as a female trooper out here, i'd just like to think of myself as a trooper. if we can all do the same things, and all get the same rank, then we all did what we needed to do to get here," she said.
All they did was 19 weeks of training starting daily at 5 am, it is a lifestyle not everyone is cut out for.
"It's like one of our sargeant's said, we had a long way to go, and it was really challenging. but we overcame a lot of obstacles and here we are today," said Machauer.
Machauer's family was on hand for her special day and not only were they proud, but they knew how much hard work it took.
"She's always been the tougher one, i've always been the softer one. so to see her go through all of that, i truly admire everything she's going through, she's always been the brave one," said Machauer's sister, Courtney Randolph.
Her grandmother, Muriel Machauer added, "I'm going to be 90 in august, and i got to live to see this. my beautiful granddaughter."
In return for their unwavering support, Machaur is dedicating the day to them.
"I'm looking forward to spending the day with my family, they came from various parts of the state to be here so i'm looking forward to spend time with them and showing off the facilities, showing off the videos and of course eating some good food," she said.
But Machaur has warned her family; don't get too comfortable just because they have a trooper in the family.
"It feels awesome! but she already said, don't expect me to pull any strings for you so i guess it's not going to be any different. but i'm very very proud of her, especially being a female," says Randolph.
I guess, once a big sister, always a big sister.