8 area injured, fallen officers and firefighters honored with Star of Texas Award
Governor Rick Perry presented the Star of Texas Awards to eight area officers and firefighters who were seriously injured or killed in the line of duty. Gov. Perry presented the award to 32 people in total.
Adam Davis with the Bell County Sheriff's Department, along with Charles Dinwiddie and Robert Hornsby with the Killeen Police Department were given the Star of Texas Awards for officers killed in the line of duty.
Robert "Robby" Payne was given the award after he was seriously injured in the West Fertilizer Plant explosion last year.
Four area peace officers who were seriously injured in the line of duty also received the Star of Texas Awards. Juan Obregon and Odis Denton with Killeen PD, John Spillman with the McLennan County Sheriff's Office, and James Bennett with Temple PD were the other area recipients of the award.
"For a decade now, we set aside time every year to honor some of our state's best and bravest," Gov. Perry said. "These individuals placed their lives on the line to fight back raging fires, rush badly-injured Texans to the hospital for life-saving care, or take the most dangerous felons off the streets. They're heroes because they understand the risks involved in their jobs, and they know there's nothing routine about any fire or any traffic stop."
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry is honoring dozens of police officers, firefighters and first responders killed or severely hurt in the line of duty with Star of Texas awards.
The awards will be distributed during a ceremony Wednesday at the Texas Capitol.
The Star of Texas Award was created to honor police and other emergency personnel who exhibited extraordinary service to the state. Some 363 awards have been distributed since the program began in 2004.
Perry is seriously considering a presidential run in 2016 after his White House bid three years ago flamed out. He spent Tuesday in Iowa, which opens presidential primary voting.
The governor's popularity nationally has only increased with the GOP's conservative base since he was indicted last month on felony charges of abuse of power.