Nine Galion police officers entered a home on North Market Street on Wednesday — but they were not there to make any arrests or to search the property.
Police Chief Brian Saterfield swore in an honorary officer, 28-year-old Craig Taylor (Farrow). Craig was diagnosed with terminal cancer and his lifelong dream was to be a police officer. Before the March 12 swear-in, Saterfield said the department was privileged to fulfill that dream.
It was a surprise visit; Craig’s face lit up before he knew why they were there. He took his oath and then all of the officers, some of which had just ended their work shifts, congratulated him and signed an official document as witnesses of the ceremony.
Several family members and friends were present as well. Many of them cried during the ceremony, held in a packed room around Craig’s bed.
The new honorary officer’s badge number is 499. He was presented with a Galion Police t-shirt, police patches, an official Fraternal Order of Police coin, a flashlight and even a pair of handcuffs.
Following the hugs and expressions of gratitude, Pam Tischer (Craig’s mother) offered the visitors coffee and, of course, plenty of donuts.
Tischer was happy to have the crowd inside her home. She explained the family has a history of cancer and she is currently in remission herself.
After the officers got into their police cruisers parked in front of the house, they each sounded off a short siren as they drove back to the station.
Thank you to all members of the Galion Police Department for protecting and serving the community every day.