From News Talk KFYV: http://www.kfyi.com/articles/arizona-news-118695/phoenix-home-to-arizonas-only-female-12578592#ixzz38DsW6VCB
PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Tracking down criminals from the air. You've likely
seen the Phoenix Police Department's helicopter around the valley. The
pilot is a valley born and raised woman, the only one in the State of
"When people wanted to be astronauts, people wanted to
be this or that, what I wanted to do was this, I wanted to chase bad
guys from a helicopter," said Officer Corynn Wittrock.
And that is what she loves to do, years later.
I was a small kid I had the opportunity to know some of the county
deputies, they took me on a ride along, and from then on out that is all
I wanted to do," she said.
You may see her flying above the
skies of Phoenix and all over the valley for the Phoenix Police
Department. She's worked ten years with the department, 6 1/2 years on
the street and 4 1/2 on patrol.
"There's been a lot of rewarding
and scary things. We've all had to work on the streets, we've all had
our own personal stories about working on the streets, where you were at
the time of a foot pursuit or something," said Wittrock.
a seatbelt is second nature as Wittrock puts it, in addition to chasing
the bad guys, she also helps in tactical rescue operations. She has
advice for girls wanting to be police pilots.
"Keep persevering, I
didn't get her by myself so surround yourself with positive people that
influence you in the way you want to go, and help you follow your
dreams," she said.
The Airborne Law Enforcement Association
Conference started in Phoenix Thursday. It welcomes law enforcement
pilots from across the country to the valley.