A Lubbock Sheriff's Department officer killed in the line of duty was among dozens of first responders being honored by Governor Rick Perry.
Corporal D. Robert Harvey was killed in a crash while responding to a call back in April 2009. His family members accepted his Star of Texas award from the governor at Thursday's ceremony in Austin.
"Anyone in this room knows, however, that this calling, this noble service, carries with it a great element of danger," Perry said. "They understand that placing yourself in harm's way will sometimes carry a huge cost."
The Star of Texas award honors first responders killed or seriously injured in the line of duty, and civilian fallen heroes as well. A dozen of the honorees were volunteer firefighters from West or surrounding areas, who rushed to fight flames that triggered the explosion there in April.
The award was created in 2003.