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97-year-old Texas man honored as oldest law enforcement officer

He has served as a police officer, county sheriff and now a deputy

CLEBURNE, Texas – Most people retire before they hit 74-years-old... never mind working 74 years on the job! But, one local man has done just that.

Bill Hardin, 97, is a deputy in Cleburne, Texas - that's just 35 minutes south of Fort Worth.

He began his career in the mid-1940s and has served as a police officer, county sheriff and now deputy in various counties in that area.

He says his good health is what keeps him putting on the badge every day.

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"I'm going to keep doing this until the sheriff runs me out. If I can make it to 75, I may go ahead and retire," Hardin said.

The Chisholm Trail Museum in Cleburne honored his time served in law enforcement by creating a new exhibit all about his time on duty.