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Detective Erin Egan

Detective Erin Egan – NYPD’s First Female Flight Instructor

Blazing a path for women who want to step into the field of aviation.

From an early age, Erin Egan loved science, math, and aviation. One of her parents is a private pilot, and Egan thought she would one day become an astronaut. As Egan grew older, she focused on energies on becoming a pilot. Her hard work paid off — she became the first female Pilot in Command of the New York Police Department’s Air-Sea Rescue helicopter and crew.

Armed with a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Science, Egan completed the grueling police academy in 1998. By 2007, she was a detective and her unit’s first female pilot instructor. Egan has not only saved many lives while on the job, but also, she has survived potentially deadly helicopter malfunctions.

We learned from Detective Egan, a lot about the dedication and commitment it takes to become a police officer and how to effectively deal with challenges.

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