There’s no bond quite like that of a mother-daughter duo, and two members of the Milwaukee Police Department are living proof.
Milwaukee Officer Sherri Porter began working at the department in 2002, when she was 42 years old, WISN-TV reported. Two years later, her daughter, Sgt. Sheronda Grant began working there, at the age of 21.
From that point, a symbiotic working relationship began where a close family bond already existed.
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Porter said that having her daughter in the building is sometimes “nerve-wracking.”
“’[Because] I worry about Sheronda,” she said. “I don’t worry about myself.”
Grant said she feels the same way about her mother.
“I would have to say the same thing and it’s the same exact reason, because I worry more about my mom than me,” she said.
About 16 years after they began working together, Grant now outranks her mother. Porter works the night shift at the city jail, while Porter has just been promoted to public information officer.
“She’s always been a go-getter,” the proud mother said of her daughter and colleague.
When they see each other in the hall, Grant usually greets her mother with a “Hi, Mom.” Porter, however, goes the formal route and addresses her daughter as “Sgt. Grant.”
“She outranks me, and I respect that,” Porter said.
“I respect her rank,” Porter continued. “I know she had to work hard to get it, and she’s female, and a black female, so it didn’t come easy.”
But, Grant insists that she only outranks her mother at work. Out in the real world, it’s a different story.
“If she says something, I’m still like, OK Mom, whatever you say,” Grant said, laughing.
Grant said it’s nice to have her mother at work because she can ask her for advice.
“I can call her and say, ‘Hey mom, this is what I have. Can you walk me through?’” she explained.
The advice Porter has given Grant is to “say humble – no matter what – and never forget where you came from.”
While Porter worked Mother’s Day, Grant had the day off. In her line of work, though, she’s pretty much on call 24/7.
Porter added that she is “very proud” of her daughter.