Texoma police officer serves in law enforcement 63 years and counting

By: Victoria Maranan Email
By: Victoria Maranan Email

DENISON, TX-That drop in crime can also be attributed to dedicated law enforcement. Friday, we honor one officer who's been patrolling the streets and solving crimes for over 6 decades.
Captain B.F. Wade has been a law enforcement officer for 63 years. He is one of only three recipients of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers "Dinosaur Award" for over 60 years of service and he's not planning to retire his badge anytime soon.

Grayson College police captain, B.F. Wade still does his beats even after over 60 years of service.

"What have I done all my life? That's all I've done. It's interesting, I've had an interesting life," he said.

Wade got into law enforcement in 1949 after he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

"I needed a job," he laughed.

Wade started his career with the Sherman Police Department when there were only 16 officers.

"To begin working, there's no schooling. They put a uniform on you and put you on the street and that's your training. I had no training but that's how I got started," he said.

After two years as a police officer, Wade joined the Texas Highway Patrol. It brought him all over Texas, from Austin, Harlingen to Midland, he even patrolled Grayson and Fannin Counties for 18 years. And after 33 years as a state trooper, Wade retired in 1984 to work for the U.S. Marshal's service.

"I felt that I have done my job well and have been able to help a lot of people along the way," he said.

But four years later, he decided to come back into law enforcement.

Wade joined the Grayson College Campus police in 1992 and has been there ever since, sharing his wisdom to current and future officers.

"Always let your conscience be your guide, but don't ever let it come back to haunt you, things that you did when you knew you shouldn't do it. Just keep your nose clean and do a good job everyday," he said.

"It's an honor, it really is to have someone that his spanned law enforcement that long. He's been there, done that," said Grayson College Police Chief, Andrew McPherson.

And after 63 years, Wade said he's not planning to retire.

"Why should I? My health is good. Next month I'll be 85 years old. I enjoy working."

Captain Wade also happens to be one of the first Texas State Troopers to be trained to use a breathalizer in 1968.
He lives in Sherman with his wife of 65 years, Marie.

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  • by Brad Location: GC on Jul 10, 2012 at 08:38 AM
    I have known BF Wade for many years; since just after he retired from DPS. He is respected throughout the State by Law Enforcement officers and the State licensing board. I have conducted training with him and seen him dealing with the public on several occassions. A more devoted professional I cannot imagine. A great man by any measure.
  • by Andy Location: Denison on Jul 10, 2012 at 08:03 AM
    It is a great pleasure to serve with a man of his caliber. He is an awesome mentor and an even better friend!!! And great job for the fine reporting Victoria!
  • by Old LEO Location: Denison on Jul 10, 2012 at 05:37 AM
    This reply is for KELLY. It's obvious that you have no clue what happens at colleges or you wouldnt of made that degrading comment. That 84 yr old took down a 28 yr old that was physically abusing his wife in the college parking lot last semister, never thought about his age, just took him down. would take a bullet for you in a minute if necessary or anyone out there and never think twice about it and he is only a part time officer out there but dedicated to his profession and the community he serves. Want a real job, become a law enforcement officer and try to be like BF Wade the rest of your life. To ANONYMOUS,Jul 7, 2012 right on target amigo.
  • by kelly on Jul 9, 2012 at 09:54 AM
    reckon it beats gettin a real job
  • by Irene Flaherty on Jul 8, 2012 at 12:55 PM
    Hello B.F.Wade. We have had a great and Wonderful life and share a lot of memoroies through what seems forever. I still have that copy of thepicture of you in the Law magazine from the Woody Blanton years. I am the old news reporter who sat on Blanton' knee in his office while interviewing him. The reason all the chairs were taken by men. Woody said "Sit here Irene. You are not that heavy." Iam in the telephone directory. If you want the photo, give me a call.
  • by Jeanette Location: Elmore city ok on Jul 7, 2012 at 03:04 PM
  • by Anonymous on Jul 7, 2012 at 08:03 AM
    What an awesome career! He was out there keeping people safe long before their ability to do so effectively was diminished by all these idiots crying "police brutality" and "racism"!!
  • by GC on Jul 7, 2012 at 04:48 AM
    85 yrs old! You Go Officer Wade. This is an example of finding a job you love to do and you'll never have to work a day in your life.
  • by IPD112 Location: Honey grove on Jul 6, 2012 at 05:55 PM
    Thank you so much for your service. I lost my husband last year an officer of only 16 yrs I have no dout he would be doing it still . Men who truely love this are few and far between. Thank you
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