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Injured Fort Worth Officer Honored

Clifford Hankins Receives Police Officer of the Year award



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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.

    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.