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Taking an Oath

Ceremony solidifies teamwork

January 4, 2007

BY TOM WYATT Post-Tribune

Logistically, it was one heck of a chore.

But newly-elected Sheriff David Lain felt it was necessary to gather the 130 or so uniformed officers and employees of the Porter County Sheriff's Department for a sort of "family" meeting.

Lain conducted a ceremonial swearing-in of the department's officers and employees Wednesday afternoon, eight years after he was part of a similar ceremony as chief deputy for then-Sheriff David Reynolds.

"It solidifies the idea that we're a team and a family," Lain said.

Lain began the ceremony by echoing the names of Tim Hecht and Rob Hardesty. Hecht, a patrol officer with the department, died about a month after the swearing-in ceremony eight years ago.

Hardesty, a former Sheriff's Department officer, died in 2005 during SWAT training with the FBI.

"We can't and won't forget them," Lain said.

Before leading the officers and employees in an oath, Lain expressed his appreciation to those in attendance.

"I can't be prouder of what each and every one of you does for the community every day," Lain said.

Lain's chief deputy, Doug Snider, honored retiring Sheriff's Department officers Capt. Bob Herring and Sgt. Bill Garner.

Lain told department members that the position of major, formerly held by Snider, will be filled within the next few weeks.

"We're conferring on that and weighing our options," Lain said.




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