On December 13, 1974. Flossie Crump and Felicia Allen graduated from the police academy and became the first two female "patrol" officers of the Sacramento Police Department.
They could have never predicted what would happen on February 8, 2018, nearly 44 years later.
Flossie and Felicia were honored with an atrium at the police headquarters named after them. Mayor Darrell Steinberg, along with other city officials, also presented the women with keys to the city. Steinberg and Police Chief Daniel Hahn, Sacramento's first Black police chief, were two of the key speakers at the ceremony.
"We knew it was a first," said Flossie. "In the back of our minds, we knew if we made a mistake...[it would be a] reflection on other women coming after us."
For years, Flossie and Felicia had to deal with racial slurs and sexist comments from fellow officers, higher-ups, and even the very people they were trying to protect.
But Flossie says they still had a job to do. To the few people who helped them do it, they're forever grateful.
Chief Hahn emphasized in his speech how Flossie and Felicia are examples of how one person can make a huge difference.
"It was priceless for us to be together. I would not have been able to make it without her," said Felicia.
When Flossie was moved to the detective division, she first found out from Felicia.
"I know it was with the idea that they would break us up and we would fail," said Felicia. "I sat in that locker room and I cried. And then I dried my tears, so nobody could see me."
But through all the adversity, both women persevered.
Flossie was a detective until she retired 24 years later, handling many high-profile cases such as the East Area Rapist and the hammer-slaying murder case. She was once awarded the Robert Canson Service Award, named after the first African-American police officer in the department.
Felicia was a patrol officer for 16 years. In addition, she was involved with the Partners in Prevention school program and helped mentor students. Felicia is working with the State of California now but will retire in two years.
Even though their time with the Sacramento Police Department has been over, a painting of them with their names and bios on plaques will be hanging in the atrium.
Chief Hahn said their tribute will be seen by everyone who walks in the door of the building. Flossie joked there is now a different type of pressure.
"I can't even get a parking ticket! They'd rip my name off so fast," said Flossie.
Both women agreed that it was humbling to see the impact they've had on not just law enforcement, but the entire community.
After the ceremony, the ladies met a group of young women from Grant High School.
"I so appreciate them. I saw myself [in them] as a young girl," said Flossie. "I saw myself when they used to tell me the only thing I could do was pick and chop cotton... people just don't understand how affected they can be."