36-year Auxiliary Police officer honored for volunteerism

Commander Gerald Schaffer, a member of the Taylor Auxiliary Police Department for 36 years, has been honored for his valiant volunteer efforts.

Schaffer was recognized recently by Taylor Mayor Cameron G. Priebe, who presents a monthly volunteerism award to a worthy member of the community.

Auxiliary Police officers must make time to service the city every month on a volunteer basis – but no one has put in more years than Schaffer.

Auxiliary officers supplement the regular Taylor Police Department in a variety of duties. They check on homes during summer vacation, patrol parks and schools, assist with traffic direction during emergencies, assist during elections and patrol the Taylor Summer Festival, church festivals and other large events.

Volunteering isn’t the only thing Schaffer has done for years. He has been married for 48 years and has three children and seven grandchildren. He retired from Ford Motor Co. after 42½ years in management.

Prior to that, he attended the Ford trade school to become a tool and die maker and designer. During his career, he helped launch the first Mustang.

Schaffer served the Navy in a critical skills position.

When he was younger, he enjoyed playing hockey and softball. He still enjoys hunting, fishing, golfing and watching his grandchildren participate in sports.