LYNWOOD | Village Clerk Karen Wingfield-Bond swore in David DePaolo as a full-time police officer at Tuesday's Village Board meeting.
"I've always had an interest in (being a police officer), always loved it," DePaolo said. "Just to be able to help."
DePaolo has been a police officer since 1996, beginning in Crestwood. He's been a part-time cop for Lynwood for the last nine years.
The Lowell, Ind., resident has also been a full-time paramedic for 23 years. DePaolo has spent the past six years at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.
"When somebody calls 911, I'm there to help. I want to be able to help somebody in a different way," he said. "I don't meet (people) on their best day. I meet people on their worst day. They don't call 911 to invite me over for a piece of pie."
He also works as a paramedic instructor, a job he'll continue to do during his off time.
DePaolo and his family lived in Lynwood before moving to Lowell. He says he got to know the town officials while working as a medic and is happy to be working for the village in a new capacity.
A handful of police officers attended the meeting and DePaolo seemed to be popular with the board. Mayor Eugene Williams noted that "it seems like Dave's been around forever."
"I've been around for a little bit here and I pull a lot of shifts," DePaolo said. "It's just a whole new chapter of my life."
It was also announced at Tuesday's board meeting that preparation has begun for August Fest, which will take place from 3 p.m. to midnight on Aug. 24 at Liberty Park.