MANATEE COUNTY- The longest serving female trooper in the state signed off for the last time Tuesday.

36-years-ago Trooper Barbara Ehrhart joined the Florida Highway Patrol, and she spent her entire 36 years of service protecting the citizens of Manatee County. In her final sign off, Trooper Ehrhardt says she hopes she helped inspire those she trained.

 “I want to thank the Florida Highway Patrol for over 36 years of service to the residents of Manatee County,” Ehrhart said. “and to the residents of the state of Florida. I also hope that I have encouraged other women throughout my years, that may have entered law enforcement and those that are thinking about entering law enforcement.

And we will be talking to Trooper Ehrhart tomorrow as she starts her retirement, and will have more as she reflects on 36 years of service.