Ashley Bergeron is following in her slain uncle's footsteps.
She was sworn in as Maplewood Police Department's newest officer Monday night, seven years after her uncle Sgt. Joe Bergeron was killed in the line of duty.
"Tonight we celebrate an important beginning," Police Chief Paul Schnell said during Monday's city council meeting. "... Policing is a family affair. Ashley understands the nature of this family affair in ways most of us do not."
Bergeron's first choice was to be a police officer in Maplewood because she was "incredibly moved" by how the community, police department and city supported the Bergeron family following her uncle's death, Schnell said. It reminded her of the "incredible influence" of her uncle, as well as the relationship between police and community, Schnell added.
Bergeron graduated from Bethel University in 2015, then got her Law Enforcement Certificate from Metropolitan State University in August, city documents show.
You can watch video of Bergeron's swearing in ceremony at the 38 minute, 25 second mark on the video here.
Sgt. Bergeron of the Maplewood Police Department was killed on May 1, 2010. He was investigating a carjacking when two men ambushed his squad car and fatally shot him, the Pioneer Press reported.
Jason John Jones, 21, pulled the trigger. He was fatally shot when he attacked a St. Paul police officer hours after killing Bergeron. Joshua Martin, 21, was sentenced to 35 years in prison for aiding and abetting Jones, the paper said.
"It’s wonderful to have a Bergeron on the Maplewood police force again,” Mayor Nora Slawik said after officer Bergeron was sworn in. “We are very happy to have you."