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Thomasena Grider makes history as Lexington’s first African-American female police sergeant

“I knew that I wanted to be the police when I rode with the first female that I saw on the department.” A college internship with Lexington Police exposed Thomasena Grider to a variety of units, but a ride-along with Officer Jennifer Lube motivated her to take the plunge and apply. Grider remembers Lube pulling over a semi-truck on busy Man o’ War Boulevard, and was impressed with how the officer...