Photo: Office Of The Governor 9/11/17

 

In the Lone Star State, September 11th is not just Patriot Day, it’s Texas First Responders Day; and so, dozens of Texans were honored today as Gov. Greg Abbot presented the Star of Texas Awards to those who have “demonstrated extraordinary valor and courage in serving and protecting” their state.

The Awards were established in 2003 to recognize peace officers, firefighters, and emergency medical first responders who were seriously injured or killed in the line of duty. The law was later amended so that all citizens – including federal law enforcement officers and special agents – who were seriously injured or killed while assisting state and local first responders, may also be receive the award.

Here are this year’s recipients:

Firefighters Killed in the Line of Duty

Richard Olivo Longoria — Corpus Christi Fire Department – (Nueces County)

Chris Khuong Pham — Dallas Fire-Rescue Department – (Dallas County, Collin County)

Peace Officers Killed in the Line of Duty

Amir Abdul-Khaliq — Austin Police Department – (Travis County)

Lorne Bradley Ahrens — Dallas Police Department – (Dallas County, Collin County)

Stacey Allen Baumgartner — Patton Village Police Department – (Montgomery County)

Endy Nddiobong Ekpanya — Pearland Police Department – (Brazoria County)

Clinton F. Greenwood — Harris County Constable Precinct 3 – (Harris County)

Michael Leslie Krol — Dallas Police Department – (Dallas County, Collin County)

Kenneth Hubert Maltby — Eastland County Sheriff’s Office – (Eastland County)

Justin Ryan Scherlen — Amarillo Police Department – (Potter County)

Michael Joseph Smith — Dallas Police Department – (Dallas County, Collin County)

Brent Alan Thompson — Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department – (Dallas County)

Jerry Ronald Walker — Little Elm Police Department – (Denton County)

Patricio Enrique Zamarripa — Dallas Police Department – (Dallas County, Collin County)

Marco Antonio Zarate — Bellaire Police Department – (Harris County)

Peace Officers Seriously Injured in the Line of Duty

Jorge Leonardo Barrientos — Dallas Police Department – (Dallas County, Collin County)

Chad Allen Blackburn — Texas Department of Public Safety

Monica Elise Bowden — Arlington Police Department – (Tarrant County)

Whittney Branch — Odessa Police Department – (Ector County, Midland County)

Ronny S. Cortez — Houston Police Department – (Harris County)

Pedro Gonzalez — Odessa Police Department – (Ector County, Midland County)

Jason Heisel — Arlington Police Department – (Tarrant County)

Justin Brian Johnston – Liberty County Constable, Precinct 1 – (Liberty County)

Edward Johnston — Arlington Police Department – (Tarrant County)

Edmundo Alejandro Lujan — Dallas Police Department – (Dallas County, Collin County)

Hector Manuel Mariscal — Pharr Police Department – (Hidalgo County)

Misty Dawn McBride — Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department – (Dallas County)

Michael Patrick Moses — Arlington Police Department – (Tarrant County)

Jose Manuel Munoz — Houston Police Department – (Harris County)

Mike Neagle — Wise County Sheriff’s Office – (Wise County)

Dale J. Ordogne — Dallas Police Department – (Dallas County, Collin County)

James Allen Ott — Liberty County Sheriff’s Office – (Liberty County)

Jason F. Rhodes — Houston Police Department – (Harris County)

Matthew W. Roberts — Decatur Police Department – (Wise County)

Gretchen Margaret Rocha — Dallas Police Department – (Dallas County, Collin County)

Donaciano Rocha — Odessa Police Department – (Ector County, Midland County)

Anthony Rossman — Odessa Police Department – (Ector County, Midland County)

Ivan Omar Saldana — Dallas Police Department — (Dallas County, Collin County)

Raymond Marion Shaw — Shenandoah Police Department – (Montgomery County)

Giovanni Derek Wells — Dallas Police Department — (Dallas County, Collin County)

Cory Wester — Odessa Police Department – (Ector County, Midland County)

Roy Neal Wood — Hico Marshal’s Office – (Hamilton County)

“Texas has faced difficult challenges, and now more than ever, it is important we honor those who have helped respond in those challenging times,” Gov. Abbott said at the ceremony. “The Star of Texas Awards are a fitting name for these brave and selfless men and women who put the needs of others ahead of their own. They are a shining example of the Texas spirit, and I am proud to honor them and their families today.”

Photo: Office Of The Governor 9/11/17
Photo: Office Of The Governor 9/11/17
Photo: Office Of The Governor 9/11/17