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Texas Governor Honors Fallen, Injured Officers From Greater Houston

Texas Governor Greg Abbott presented medals today to five law enforcement officers from across Greater Houston.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott shakes hands with a law enforcement officers as he presents medals to those who were killed or injured in the line of duty.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott presents medals to law enforcement officers and emergency responders who were killed or injured in the line of duty.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott shakes hands with a law enforcement officers as he presents medals to those who were killed or injured in the line of duty.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott presents medals to law enforcement officers and emergency responders who were killed or injured in the line of duty.
The annual Star of Texas awards ceremony honors those who were injured or killed in the line of duty. The public can submit nominations, and winners are selected by a group of advisory committees.

This year, Governor Abbott presented medals to 28 servicemen and women from across the state.

“You know, the Star of Texas award is aptly named,” Abbott says. “It goes only to those who truly are stars in the state of Texas.

The ceremony comes just weeks after the death of Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth. He was fatally shot while pumping gas into his patrol vehicle. Abbott called on citizens to continue showing support for law enforcement.

Among the honorees was Houston Police Department Officer Richard Martin who lost his life during a high-speed chase in May.

The governor also presented medals to those who were injured in the line of duty. That includes HPD officers John Calhoun and Raul Montelongo, and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies Robert Layman and Jack Valenzuela.

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