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MCSO detention officer becomes citizen after 5 years

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PHOENIX -

A Maricopa County Sheriff's detention officer has reached her goal of becoming a naturalized citizen after five years.

Officer Petia Strashilova started working for MCSO as a detention officer in 2003.

She came to the U.S. from Bulgaria in 2000 for a track meet and was recruited to compete for our country.

Strashilova was an Olympian for Bulgaria and competed in the 1992 games in Barcelona, Spain and the 1996 games in Atlanta, Georgia.

She's also used her talents to win 10 gold medals for MCSO in the Police Olympic Games.

Strashilova has worked in the Special Response Team since 2006. She has excelled at her position, is well respected among her co-workers and is described as "a force to be reckoned with," according to inmates.

The former-Olympian has worked for five years to attain citizenship and finally made her dream a reality on Friday.

According to Sheriff Joe Arpaio, his office has hired 93 legal immigrants with green cards from 33 different countries, such as Romania, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Serbia, Japan and others.

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