Hood County Sheriff's Sgt. Lance McLean died Saturday in Fort Worth where he was hospitalized after a shooting near Granbury.|
Sgt. McLean was 38, married and the father of two special-needs children.
He was described at his funeral service Tuesday as someone who made people laugh whether he was on- or off-duty.
At the service, members of the Hood County SWAT team donned red bandannas for Sgt. McLean - a team member who always wore one around his neck, much to their commander's chagrin. SWAT team members kneeled in front of the casket and served as pallbearers, carrying the casket off the field.
Sgt. McLean also loved attending Texas Rangers baseball games, where one of his favorite pranks was to "photobomb" other fans - sneaking into the background of their photographs with his wife, Katy.
He would also regularly drive down backroads with his daughter, Abigail.
Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds praised Sgt. McLean as a natural leader whom many younger deputies admired in his role as a training officer.
"All he seemed to want to do was help people," Deeds said.
Published in Star-Telegram on July 2, 2013