As Sons of the American Revolution chapter president T.L. Holden read aloud the résumé of retiring Tom Bean Chief of Police John Hunt Wednesday afternoon before presenting the veteran cop with a service medal, the crowd could certainly have understood if he needed a drink of water somewhere in the middle. Hunt’s 45-year career stretched across decades and oceans, with Special Forces military service in Vietnam and Central America preceding a quarter-century as a Texas lawman in the classic mold.

As Sons of the American Revolution chapter president T.L. Holden read aloud the résumé of retiring Tom Bean Chief of Police John Hunt Wednesday afternoon before presenting the veteran cop with a service medal, the crowd could certainly have understood if he needed a drink of water somewhere in the middle. Hunt’s 45-year career stretched across decades and oceans, with Special Forces military service in Vietnam and Central America preceding a quarter-century as a Texas lawman in the classic mold.


"He hasn’t done much in his career, I don’t think," joked Holden, sparking chuckles from the two-dozen SAR members and guests in attendance at the Denison Country Club.


Holden said the Sons of the American Revolution chose to recognize Hunt for his professional work defending the Constitution, which is a prime goal of the patriotic organization. Holden presented Hunt with the Law Enforcement Commendation Medal, which carries with it inclusion in the national organization’s annual dispatch of honorees.


"This is a medal that is presented with distinction and devotion for the field of law enforcement," said Holden as he presented Hunt with a plaque and eagle-emblazoned trinket. "It is intended to recognize exceptional service or accomplishments in the field of law enforcement."


Hunt’s career included numerous years as a peace officer at Austin College, a half decade at the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, and countless other roles across the spectrum of police duties. For the past 18 months, Hunt has served as chief of police for the small Department in Tom Bean, a position from which he is retiring on Friday.


"Thank you, SAR, for the honor that I just received. That’s really unexpected and I appreciate it," said Hunt in his usual man-of-few-words style. "To all the distinguished guests and family, thank you for coming — and I mean distinguished guests. I’m really proud for you to be here."