Sheridan’s first full-time female police officer, Lidia Fairchok
Sheridan’s first full-time female police officer, Lidia Fairchok

Sheridan Rotary had the pleasure of having a very nice and rather unique guest speaker. Sheridan’s first full-time female police officer, Lidia Fairchok, spoke to the club recently. Having joined the Sheridan Police Department a few months ago, Lidia has the distinction of being the top graduate from her Indiana Law Enforcement Academy class.

Officer Fairchok related her interesting history to the gathered Rotarians. A farm girl, her family migrated from Pennsylvania to Ohio and finally settled in the Westfield area. Lidia was home-schooled and never imagined herself in a law enforcement career. As luck would have it, her public safety career began by working in the Hamilton County Public Safety Communications Center (the 911 Center) in Noblesville. This stressful but rewarding job requires a true multi-tasking individual who is dedicated to doing the job correctly, completely and quickly — all great skills for a police officer. After three years as a dispatcher, Lidia decided a career as a police officer was what she wanted. Lidia was living in Sheridan and an opening on the local police force became available. She applied and was accepted. Within a few weeks Lidia was on her way to the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield where she graduated at the top of her class.

Lidia came to the Rotary meeting with a PowerPoint chock full of Academy pictures and a memory filled with interesting and entertaining stories, much to the delight of the Rotarians. This well-spoken and remarkable young woman is an asset to the Sheridan Police Department and the Sheridan community. Lidia is quick-witted, and her smile and affable personality light up the room. You get the feeling that she is a no-nonsense police officer fully capable of enforcing the law.

A great addition to our community, we are pleased and blessed Lidia has chosen to start her law enforcement career working for us here in Sheridan.