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 Danny Cordes was killed when his police motorcycle was struck by a trailer that had come loose from a pickup truck at 10:15 am.

Officer Cordes was traveling westbound on East Broad Street when a pickup truck with a trailer traveling eastbound became disconnected. The trailer hit Officer Cordes head-on, and he died en route to the hospital.

The driver of the truck fled the scene. It was later determined that he had escaped jail in Missouri and was on the FBI's Most Wanted list. The subject turned himself in a few months later.

Officer Cordes had served with the Mansfield Police Department for 20 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge 001

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash

escapee, hit-and-run, motorcycle, routine driving

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Danny,'s badge/ID number was 001. I don't recall his radio number.

I was working the phones and radio when the call came reporting Danny's accident. Ironically, I was also working over the Memorial Day holiday when the suspect called to turn himself in.

I think about Danny often, as well as Linda and the kids.

Corky Barder

July 13, 2023

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