Officer Danny Forest Cordes

Officer Danny Forest Cordes

Mansfield Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, May 23, 1986

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Danny Forest Cordes

Officer Cordes was killed when his police motorcycle was struck by a trailer which had come loose from a pickup truck. He had been with the agency for 20 years and was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash

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I miss him too! I wrote this article back in 2018 and i t was published in the Dallas Morning News - Letters to the Editor:

Officer Danny made a difference

After reading about a fallen motorcycle officer, I was reminded of Officer Danny Forest Cordes, a 20-year veteran who served in Mansfield, TX. He died May 23, 1986, a Friday, and I cried along with our entire community.

Officer Danny would direct traffic at the intersection of Walnut Creek and Country Club Drive. Every morning we would see him and he would smile and wave; that's how we knew it would be a good day.

Of course there were those days he would be irritated, but mostly he would smile. I will never forget him. No, I didn't know him. I never even spoke to him, but as a little girl I found his spirit inspiring.

After he died on that dreadful Friday, our town had to get a traffic signal light and life was never the same again. So cheers to a wonderful man, Officer Danny Cordes!

Ashley Barg, Dallas

Ashley - No rank
Grew up in Mansfield

January 29, 2021

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