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HCC alum becomes first female K-9 officer for Stephenson Co. Sheriff’s Department
Stephenson County Sheriff Deputy Rachel Clay kneels next to K-9 Officer Ralf on Thursday, April 21, 2022, at Highland Community College in Freeport. Clay is the first female K-9 officer for the Stephenson County Sheriff’s Department. - Photo supplied by Highland Community College
FREEPORT — Since she was a young girl, Rachel Clay of Dakota wanted to become a first responder. Realizing the medical field was not her forte, she looked into the study of Criminal Justice while a student at Highland Community College.