SANTA CRUZ -- The son of the city's first female police officer delivered her uniform, handguns, a badge and other items to the Santa Cruz Police Department on Monday.
Otto Lund, son of Truella Jensen Lund, said he wasn't sure if police would be interested in the things his mom used there in the 1940s. But police officials welcomed it.
"The top brass seemed to really enjoy it," Otto Lund said. "I could see that it brought back some memories."
Deputy Chief Steve Clark said the items will be placed in a display case at the police department, including her dark-colored wool skirt and jacket and two .38 revolvers -- a Colt "Detective Special" and a larger revolver with an ivory-colored handle engraved with a flower design. Clark said she probably had to buy them herself in those days.
Also included is a small off-duty badge reading "Policewoman No. 1," which a chief awarded her decades ago. The collection included another weapon too, a leather whip-like "black jack" that police no longer use, he said.
"I think it will make a great display, to honor the work women have done in the police department," Clark said.
Truella Lund died in 2008 at age 93 in the same Ocean View Avenue home where she was born, which her grandfather built in 1880. She worked for the police department from 1944 to 1948, joining when the opportunity arose during World War II, her son said.
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"At that time, if you wanted to have children, you were gone," he said. "But I know she loved doing it and could have carried on. She knew everybody and thought it was a service to the people and the city."
Lund was a tough, determined woman and a feminist, he said. Her close friend was Lorette Wood, the city's first female mayor.
Although Otto Lund said his mom played the tough guy role well, she didn't talk much about her days as a policewoman. But all the kids in the neighborhood knew she had been a cop, he said.
"You never really pushed her on anything," he said.
She earned a bachelor's degree in speech and drama at Mills College in Oakland and was working on a master's degree at University of the Pacific when she met her future husband, Virgil Lund, her son said.
Her first job was driving cars down from San Francisco for her father's Ford dealership. The city's first, it was along River Street near Front Street. Lund was given a driver's license from the California Highway Patrol at age 12, family members said. Her last job was as a supervisor in the county's social welfare department.
Today, seven of the 86 Santa Cruz police officers are women, Clark said, adding that he would love to hire more.
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