BACK IN OCTOBER WIND FANNED FLAMES RIPPED THROUGH A MOTEL IN VERNON. AND AS IT BURNED, ONE MAN WENT ABOVE AND BEYOND HIS CALL OF DUTY TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE GOT OUT ALIVE. FOR HIS BRAVERY D-P-S TROOPER JEFF HASS IS THIS MONTHS SPIRIT OF TEXOMA AWARD WINNER. WHILE ON PATROL IN WILBARGER COUNTY TROOPER JEFF HASS NOTICED SMOKE RISING FROM THE EXECUTIVE INN. HE RUSHED TO THE SCENE AND STARTED GOING DOOR TO DOOR TO MAKE SURE EVERY GUEST MADE IT TO SAFETY. Finally the last we had an elderly couple who went back into their room trying to get some medicine out and we were able to pull them out, out of building out of the fire before the fire engulfed their room. FOR HIS BRAVERY VERNON FIRE CHIEF CHARLES STEWART NOMINATED HASS FOR A VERY SPECIAL AWARD. That night Jeff just when he got there he didnt ask any questions, I didnt even know he was there for a while and like everybody that was there, everybody was trying to get everybody out and he fell into help them. FOR THIS ACT OF HEROISM HASS WAS AWARDED THE LAW ENFORCEMENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR VALOR... AND TO ACCEPT THIS HONOR HE AND HIS FAMILY TRAVELED TO AUSTIN FOR A SPECIAL BANQUET. SINCE THE AWARD WAS CREATED IN THE LATE EIGHTIES THERE HAVE BEEN JUST THREE HUNDRED OFFICERS HONORED WITH THIS GOLD STAR. I think that what happened especially that night I think any law enforcement officer would have done you know all law enforcement in this part the state are always willing to help people. I dont think I did anything special I did what any other law enforcer would have done. THIS RED AND WHITE BAR ON HIS UNIFORM HIGHLIGHTS THE AWARD... HIS WILLINGNESS TO HELP OTHERS SHOWS HE TRULY HAS THE SPIRIT OF TEXOMA. HASS HAS BEEN A D-P-S TROOPER FOR FOURTEEN YEARS IN VERNON... A PLACE HE PLANS TO CALL HOME FOR MANY YEARS TO COME. IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO TRULY POSSESSES THE SPIRIT OF TEXOMA GO TO OUR WEBSITE TEXOMAS HOMEPAGE DOT COM AND NOMINATE THEM NOW.
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