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Police Department Remembers Veteran Officer Who Died of Cancer

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

The Corpus Christi Police Department is remembering a 61-year old retired police sergeant that died over the weekend after a long battle with cancer.

Many at the department say Wayne Hodge was the most decorated officer in the department's history.

"At this present moment, probably the most decorated officer that the police department has ever had," said Mike Staff, who is retired from the CCPD. "He's saved and been responsible for saving probably more lives than anybody on the force."

Hodge spent 31 years with the CCPD. At one point, he served as president of the Police Officers Association. He leaves behind two daughters, and they remember lots of stories about their dad.

"He'd talked an elderly woman off the bridge and just told her that he would go have a cup of coffee with her, and she was a little surprised," his daughter Crystal Powell said. "'You'll have a cup of coffee with me?' And she went with him and they went down to North Beach and had a cup of coffee together, and after that I don't know; but there's a lot of stories like that. But she came down with him."

"I mean, it's just amazing," daughter Christina Reyna said. "You know you can go out there and make a difference and talk them off a bridge. He just had a way of talking to people to make them go a different direction."

Hodge was 61 years old. A public memorial service will be held at the Police Union Hall at 2 p.m. Saturday.