On April 10, 2015 at 2:00 p.m., the Dallas Police Department held the Seventeenth Annual Theodore Roosevelt Award Ceremony to present Officer Jimmy Hollis as this year’s recipient.
In 1920, the U.S. Congress chartered the Theodore Roosevelt Association to commemorate President Roosevelt and his lifelong admiration for the police profession. Each year, the local Texas Chapter of the Theodore Roosevelt Association gives a very prestigious award to a deserving Dallas Police officer. The award was created for officers who have “overcome an adversity, whether injury, illness or other disability, and who have rendered, and continue to render, outstanding and praiseworthy service to the Dallas Police Department.”
Police Officer Jimmy Hollis was diagnosed with an infection in 2006 that resulted in his placement on a heart transplant wait list. During his wait, Officer Hollis continued to work at the Firearms Training Center, trained, and instructed both recruits and fellow officers. In 2012, Jimmy received a new heart, and returned to work as soon as his doctor released him. After an extensive rehabilitation, Officer Jimmy Hollis is back to full duty, and continues to be a vital member of the Dallas Police Department.