Fort Worth Honors Fallen Officer

Steven Pickering
September 21, 2018 - 4:46 pm

Fort Worth Police


FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - Hundreds of people packed the Christ Chapel Bible Church in Fort Worth on Friday for the funeral of Police Officer Garrett Hull. Hull was shot and killed in the line of duty while confronting three armed robbery suspects.

"How can we appropriately honor Garrett? I assume that many of the officers here would want to be as great a leader as he was to his team, as great as he was in battle, and as selfless as he was...being as the rock of this family," said Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald.

Hull was praised for his conduct as an officer and in his personal life.

"He had a remarkable ability to chase down the most feral criminals with relentless dedication, and then care 100 percent about the very day details of life that mattered to his friends and family," said long-time friend John Nance. 

"Very rarely are we blessed to have such a man like Garrett Hull to call our friend," said former officer Chad Mills, who had been Hull's partner on the force. "He was a man of integrity, strength and faith."

Hull had been on the force for 17 years. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

"You'll always be our Fort Worth Police Department family," Chief Fitzgerald said. "I told you that, and I mean it from the bottom of my heart." 

The Chief also pledged to honor Hull's memory by continuing the fight against crime.

"Evil-doers will forever be the focus of this department," he said. "We will not let them take us to the limit, we will not let them beat us down or make us quit."

People lined the streets as Hull's funeral procession drove to the cemetery. One man says he works for Fort Worth Code Enforcement and had met Hull.

"He was a nice guy, a really nice guy, really polite, friendly. He always said, 'Hi' to us," he says.

Another woman says she is a paramedic and wanted to show her support. She was part of a group who parked outside Farrington Field.

"These officers put their lives on the line for us every single day," she said. "I came out here to show the family we appreciate the sacrifice this wonderful lady's husband made for our freedom, protecting us and protecting our city."

One of the suspects in the robbery case, 23-year-old Dacion Steptoe, died during a confrontation with police. 33-year-old Samuel Mayfield and 33-year-old Timothy Huff are both in custody and charged with capital murder of a peace officer and aggravated robbery.