Injured Fort Worth Officer Honored

Clifford Hankins Receives Police Officer of the Year award

Sunday, Jan 22, 2012  |  Updated 3:01 PM CDT
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Injured Fort Worth Officer Honored

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Fort Worth Police Officer Clifford Hankins was honored as Officer of the Year by the Van Zandt Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution on January 21, 2012.

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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.

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