Shana Hill Burchfield, a 1988 graduate of Brownwood High School and a mounted patrol officer with the Fort Worth Police Department, was among law enforcement officers from around the nation who provided security for the Republican National Convention earlier this month in Cleveland.
Burchfield is the sister of Brown County Sheriff-elect Vance Hill. Her husband, James, who is from Santa Anna, is a sergeant with the Fort Worth Police Department.
Burchfield worked in the medical field after graduating from Brownwood High until becoming a Fort Worth police officer in 1999. She transferred to mounted patrol in 2007 and rides a horse as part of her daily patrols.
Burchfield said she grew up around horses. “It’s been a passion of mine my whole life,” Burchfield said by phone from Fort Worth.
The department’s mounted patrol consists of six officers, a sergeant and a lieutenant, Burchfield said. Six of the officers, as well as the sergeant and lieutenant, went to Cleveland, taking 23 hours to transport their horses by trailer.
In Cleveland, they patrolled outside the convention and near the downtown square. “It was actually pretty calm,” Burchfield said.
She said citizens in Cleveland embraced them. “It felt a lot like Fort Worth,” Burchfield said. “Their police department was awesome.”
Referring to her brother, Vance, Burchfield said, “we’re very proud of him.”