By Sergeant Ron Galaviz
Public Information Office, Indiana State Police
FORT WAYNE—Master Trooper Dan Taylor, a 33-year veteran of the Indiana State Police, described his career as a “journey” filled with “blessings” and viewed each day as an opportunity to learn something new. He said he hoped that he was able to have made a positive impact on both those that he was sworn to serve, as well as those that he was proud to have served with.
Taylor, 62 was born in Pittsburgh and moved with his family to Fort Wayne when he was nine years old. He was a 1970 graduate of Central High School where he excelled on the football field. It was that gridiron excellence that provided him the opportunity to play and eventually become an All-American running back at Manchester College, where he graduated with a degree in business in 1974. In 1975, he tried out as a free agent with the Oakland Raiders and looks back fondly and humbly on that opportunity.
Taylor worked as a teacher’s aide for four years at Snider High School and for a short time at the Dana Corporation before being accepted into the 39th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy in the spring of 1980. On July 3, 1980, Taylor was appointed as a trooper and assigned to the Indiana State Police Post in Seymour where he patrolled in Bartholomew County until he transferred to the Fort Wayne Post in 1983.
Taylor would spend the next 30 years of his career serving the citizens of Allen County.
During his career, Taylor proudly served the department as a field training officer, as a member of the Tactical Intervention Platoon, a background investigator, an aircraft crash investigator, a technical crash investigator and a member of the Color Guard Team. He also represented the Indiana State Police at the National Law Enforcement Monument dedication in Washington, D.C., in October 1991.
In 2012, he was recognized by both the Living Faith Ministry and the Fort Wayne Elks Lodge #155 for his “dedication and courageous service.”
Taylor is married and has four children, two stepchildren and five grandchildren. He and his wife are residents of Allen County.
This article originally appeared in the Aug. 21 print edition.