Gov. Rick Perry honored Texas police officers, firefighters and first-responders killed or seriously injured in the line of duty — including four HFD firefighters who died in the southwest Houston motel fire.
Houston firefighters Matthew Renaud, Robert Bebee, Robert Garner and Anne Sullivan were killed in the May 31 deadly blaze at the Southwest Inn.
Three Houston-area police officers were presented awards by Gov. Perry, including Pasadena police officers Larry Candelari and Jesse Hamilton and Bellaire police Sgt. Jimmie Norman.
The 12 volunteer firefighters who died in the West fertilizer plant blast were honored. The dozen rushed to fight April flames that triggered the explosion which killed them and three others.
Also receiving Star of Texas awards were Kaufman County District Attorney Michael McLelland and his wife Cynthia. They were gunned down in March, following the slaying of Assistant DA Mark Hasse, who was also honored.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Jaime Zapata, killed in Mexico in 2011, allegedly by the Zetas cartel also received an award.
The Star of Texas Award was created in 2003. Perry distributed the awards Thursday at an Austin church.