Dennis Hanson of Haslet, who died over the weekend in a motorcycle wreck, was a fixture on the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office Posse, said those who knew him.
He rode at parades, crime-prevention events and Fort Worth Stock Show events, and received the Posse’s Top Hand Award in 2011.
“Throughout Texas history when a sheriff needs help quick, volunteers formed a posse. Dennis Hanson answered that call,” sheriff’s spokesman Terry Grisham said “We honor his service.”
Hanson, 67, died at the scene of the wreck in the 2300 block of Golden Triangle Boulevard in Fort Worth from blunt force injuries after his motorcycle hit a curb, according to police reports.
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He was on his way to deliver school supplies and shoes to needy children at his church, according to the posse’s website.
Sheriff Dee Anderson wrote on Facebook that Hanson was a leader.
“He proudly rode his horse with the group as an example of good will and Texas heritage unique to Texas sheriff’s offices,” Anderson wrote. “His uniform clean and pressed, his chaps and saddle gleaming from loving care, it didn’t matter if it was a parade, a bridge opening or a rodeo grand entry, Dennis represented the best of what we all stand for.”
The sheriff’s posse is a volunteer organization established in 1958 that provides public relations for the Tarrant County Sheriff's Department. Members wear Sheriff’s Department uniforms but they do not carry weapons or enforce laws.
Anderson wrote that “there was no better representative of the Posse in recent years than Dennis,” adding, “No words can convey our sense of loss.”
Fort Worth police did not release information on what caused the crash.