NOLANVILLE — The new year brings new reserve officers to the Nolanville Police Department.
At a Nolanville City Council meeting Jan. 2, reserve officers Kathryn Medrano, 24, and Bryan Nimerick, 33, raised their right hands and swore to serve and protect the city.
Police Chief Gary Kent introduced the two officers to the city council during the swearing-in ceremony at the J.W. Sims Community Center.
The badge pinning portion of the right-of-passage was a family affair with the officers’ spouses affixing shiny new badges to their crisp new uniforms as their children looked on.
“They are both highly motivated and they both have the right attitude for community policing, which is our hallmark here in Nolanville,” Kent said.
The department now has seven reserve officers and six full-time officers.
“We are very lucky to have these two individuals and I am fortunate to be able to train them,” said Sgt. Dave LaCroix, patrol sergeant and the assistant trainer of new officers. “They are among the best and brightest officers I have ever trained.”
Mayor Christina Rosenthal told the new recruits she knew they had a choice of where they wanted to serve.
“Thank you for choosing Nolanville,” she said. “This is a great place to live and a great place to work. I hope you stay and are able to become full time.”
Although both officers are originally from the same city, Harlingen, the two had never met until they crossed paths in Nolanville.
Medrano said she pursued police work as a
way to set an example for her sons Evan, 5, and Ethan, 7.
“Since my husband, Manuel, has his career serving on active duty at Fort Hood, I wanted to have my own career to be proud of,” she said. “I also wanted to show my sons that you can achieve anything you put your mind to. Being a military spouse isn’t easy and I wanted something just for me.”
Medrano said she heard Kent ran a tight ship and when she came in for the interview, the leadership and the team Kent put together solidified her decision to serve in Nolanville.
When Medrano isn’t at the Nolanville Police Department or taking classes at Central Texas College, she stays active with her family, doing anything that involves baseball and coaching her son’s soccer and T-ball teams.
Nimerick’s lifelong dream to become a police officer finally came to fruition.
“This is what I have wanted to do since I was kid and I finally got the opportunity,” he said.
When Nimerick isn’t on duty, he’s a stay-at-home dad to his six children with wife Christina Schuler; his daughters, Savannah, 11, Willow, 5, and Alayna, 3; and her children, Christopher, 9, Corey, 7, and Abigail, 5,
“We are kind of like a Brady Bunch,” Nimerick said.
Nimerick and Schuler arrived in the greater Killeen area after his wife got a job offer she couldn’t refuse as pharmacy tech supervisor at Seton Medical Center Harker Heights. They now live in Harker Heights.
“I really liked how the police department was being run here,” Nimerick said. “They are some of the best officers in the state and I figured it would be a good place to learn.”