Viera resident brings talent to new docent program at police museum


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Tim McFaddan practices his role as the iconic Wild West lawman Bat Masterson.

Dan Reigada

Usually Tim McFaddan is a retired California Highway patrolman living in Viera. But when he dons his bowler hat, coat and tails, he is transformed into the legendary Bat Masterson, famed U.S. Army scout, lawman and professional gambler in the late 19th and early 20th centuries old west. 

Masterson eventually left Dodge City for New York City, where he became a deputy U.S. marshal and journalist.

McFaddan’s premier performance as Masterson will take place at Senior Life’s Drive-Thru Senior Expo, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at Titusville’s American Police Hall of Fame and Museum.

McFaddan is part of the museum’s new docent program.

“A docent is a tour guide and educator who helps characterize a theme,” he said.

He has become well acquainted with Bat Masterson.

“If people came to Dodge City looking for the sheriff, they were told to find the well-dressed gentleman,” McFaddan said.

Included in Masterson’s ensemble was a brass top cane.

McFaddan brings a wealth of experience to his role.

After volunteering as a docent at a California Mission for 15 years, where he portrayed a Spanish soldier, he lent his talents to Rochester, New York’s George Eastman Museum.

“We are excited to feature Tim McFaddan during the Senior Life event and here at the Police Hall of Fame and Museum as America’s Wild West lawman, Bat Masterson,” said his supervisor Jayme DiGennaro. “His enthusiasm for helping us educate knows no bounds.”

Interested persons are invited to join the program.

“Docents should have an interest in supporting law enforcement officers, a positive attitude and a willingness to learn,” the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum website states.

The museum is at 6350 Horizon Drive in Titusville.

For information about the docent program, call 321-264-0911, email jaymed@aphf.org or go to aphf.org