Still active at the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office in Cleburne, TX, Reserve Deputy Bill Hardin has no desire to quit. By all accounts, he is the oldest police officer in the world at the age of 94, reports WFAA .
Hardin started his career with the Fort Worth (TX) Police Department after World War II, and spent most of his time chasing drug dealers. These days, he says he keeps showing up because what else would he do? “I don’t fish. I don’t hunt. Don’t drink, don’t smoke,” he said.
Nobody in history has been a police officer longer than Hardin. He’s been doing this 70 years and broke the Guinness World Record for longest career nine years ago.
He hasn’t gotten a paycheck in 24 years because, although a full-fledged police officer, a reserve deputy doesn’t get paid. “I was just geared to keep going,” he said.
If you think a 94-year-old officer doesn’t have much to offer the department, Sheriff Adam King says think again. “He might look like an older guy, but his mind is still 35 years old and still ready to go to work,” King said.
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