In a way, the ceremony marries the family of the newly hired — and renews those vows in the case of those being promoted — with Fairfield’s police and fire families.
“Careers in police and fire require you to work long hours, weekends and holidays, and involving the family in work gives you the opportunity to spend some time with your family when you’re not necessarily at home,” Fairfield Police Chief Steve Maynard said.
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Family becomes especially important as the pressures of a career in fire or police service mount, he said.
“You have to rely heavily on your family to deal with a lot of the stress that’s involved with the incidents you’re involved in with safety services,” Maynard said. “Family is extremely important.”
Korte and Taulbee’s swearing-in was the first of two this month. Earlier this month, newly hired Fairfield police officer Derrick Adkins had his badge pinned on by his grandmother, Mary, with his father, Kevin, and grandfather, Fred, by his side.