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Harris County Deputy Sheriff Yraci “CC” Colombo Huerta has served the city of Houston for the last 13 years. The Houston native said she was looking to make a career change at the age of 40 and applied for the Harris County Sheriff's Office (HCSO)) hoping to get the chance to protect and serve.

“I was 40 at the time and I told myself before this, ‘Well, I'm going to sign up.’” Huerta said. “For my birthday, you know, I'm hoping that they'll call me. Sure enough, on my 40th birthday, I got the call that said hey ‘You got selected to go to the Harris County Sheriff's Police Academy.’”

Huerta spent the last 13 years patrolling the streets as an officer, earlier this year she transitioned into a new role working for the court system. Throughout her time with the HCSO, Huerta has also served as the LGBTQI Liaison for Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

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In her spare time Huerta plays in the Montrose softball league and also spends time giving back to the community by volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in Houston. As both an officer and citizen of Houston Huerta says she has seen firsthand how fast the city has grown and expanded over the years.

Huerta says she is excited to be honored during Friday’s Houston Dash game and loves to support all the local professional teams in Houston. She is also excited to strengthen the relationship between law enforcement, sports organizations and the community.

“It's more of a, a combined joint effort, law enforcement with sports teams to build that trust within the community,” Huerta said. “It's a hand-in-hand deal, to where people need to see who is behind the uniform. We're just regular people going to a game and it's funny, because nobody recognizes me without the uniform.”