Editor’s note: This is the last of a four-part series saluting women in our communities throughout the month of March in honor of National Women’s History Month.
SHEFFIELD — Tricia Zucco fits a lot into her 40-hour weeks. She’s a part-time Sheffield police officer, the Mount Everett Regional School Student Resource officer, and the New Marlborough Central School nurse. Every other weekend, she’s also the weekend nurse at Berkshire School, which adds an additional 40 hours to those weeks.
On top of all that, she’s also a single mom.
“After this circus, I get to do homework, and showers, and hockey practice, and pick up your laundry, put your dishes in the sink, turn off the Xbox,” she said. “It’s fun.
When Zucco isn’t in her uniform, she’s been asked if she’s a hairdresser or a secretary. When she is in uniform, she’s followed by eye rolls and comments, like ‘“there’s the blond with a gun.”
“Just being a woman in police work, you’re looked at differently. You can’t help it,” Zucco said. “It’s a tough career even for men. I think we work even harder to prove ourselves.”
For Zucco, law enforcement was always part of the plan — it’s everything that came after that was a surprise.
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