Former Hobart fire chief becomes one of city's newest cops

2013-07-01T20:15:00Z 2013-07-01T23:38:52Z Former Hobart fire chief becomes one of city's newest copsDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | Hobart Mayor Brian Snedecor swore in two new police officers Monday, including the city's former fire chief.

Brian Taylor, 42, who stepped down as Hobart's fire chief Sunday, was sworn in Monday as a new police officer.

The second officer sworn in was Nicholas Vadas, 23, of Hobart.

The two new hires, who start their jobs today, bring the Police Department's roster to 57.

Police Chief Rick Zormier called Taylor no stranger to Hobart.

"He'll make the transfer to police and start at the bottom, which is the best place to be because when you move higher up there is less police work," Zormier said.

Zormier said Taylor and Vadas were picked because both had put in countless hours on the Reserve Officer Program.

Snedecor called the Reserve Officer Program a good way to bring in new officers because they receive on-the-job experience.

"The program has paid off in dividends," Snedecor said.

Taylor served nearly 20 years with the Hobart Fire Department, including three as the chief.

Vadas, who grew up in the Ross Township area annexed by Hobart, graduated from Merrillville High School.

He attended Calumet College of St. Joseph for a brief time while also holding security jobs at Lakes of the Four Seasons and Westfield Southlake mall.

Vadas said while working at the mall he met other Hobart police officers and learned to admire the job they do, their character and their dedication.

"I'm lucky for the opportunity to work for the city and with the greatest group of guys. I wanted to be here with you guys," Vadas told officers who attended the ceremony.

Taylor said he's had an opportunity to work with both sides of the fence, both police and firefighters.

"It's an honor to have been picked," Taylor said. "This is the greatest job on Earth."

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