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‘Yellowstone’ star named honorary Texas PD officer

Actor Cole Hauser was surprised with the honorary officer ceremony when he went to the Fort Worth Police Department to drop off a donation of coffee from his company

By Brayden Garcia
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

FORT WORTH, Texas — “Yellowstone” star Cole Hauser traded in his cowboy hat for a police badge this week.

Hauser, who plays Rip Wheeler on the Paramount modern Western drama, was appointed as an honorary Fort Worth Police officer by Chief Neil Noakes at a ceremony Wednesday.

The designation is a “small token for his respect and support” of police officers, military members and veterans in the community, Fort Worth Police said. Hauser was given a black and white shirt reading “Honorary Fort Worth Police Officer” at the ceremony.

Decked out in merchandise from his Free Rein Coffee Company, Hauser was all smiles at the ceremony Wednesday.

Hauser went with the Free Rein team to drop off coffee at the Fort Worth Police Department, where they surprised him with a “great crowd and touching ceremony”.

“Fort Worth friends — better be on good behavior…today I had the honor of bring named an honorary member of the FWPD,” Hauser posted on Instagram.

Hauser launched the Free Rein brand last October, as a tribute to hard-working cowboys everywhere.

The company sells various coffee roasts all with western-themed names such as “American Dirt”, “Homestead” and “Heavy Spur.” Free Rein also sells branded hats and shirts on its website.

Hauser launched Free Rein a few months after his “Yellowstone” boss Taylor Sheridan launched his own coffee brand last summer — “Bosque Ranch Craft Coffee.”

Late last year, Sheridan and Hauser’s coffee brands got into a legal dispute over trademark infringement with the use of branding marks with overlapping letters. However, the lawsuit was dismissed around a month later.

As fans await the return of “Yellowstone,” Hauser will be swinging by North Texas again next month.

Hauser is hosting the “ultimate tailgate party” at the Professional Bull Riding World Finals Championship on May 18 in AT&T Stadium’s east plaza. The event is part of PBR’s larger championship weekend set for May 17-19 in Arlington.

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