Just months after being wounded in a shooting, Clifford Hankins tearfully accepted the honor of Fort Worth's Police Officer of the Year on Saturday.
"I don't feel like I deserve it." Hankins said. "But there's other officers out there that have done a lot more than I have that probably need that award more than me."
Hankins is a 17 year veteran of the Fort Worth Police Department. In October 2011, he was shot in the stomach while trying to question a suspect in in the parking lot of Robinson's BBQ on East Berry Street.
The department said Hankins radioed for assistance and gave a description of the man despite being seriously wounded. The suspect was quickly captured and will soon go to trial.
Hankins is still recovering from his wounds. He is a former Marine.
"It's a humbling experience and an honor," Hankins said.
The Officer of the Year Honor was presented by the Major K M Van Zandt Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.