Governor Rick Perry honored 32 police officers, firefighters and medical personnel, who were killed or seriously injured in the line of duty at the Capitol in Austin today, awarding each officer with the Star of Texas Award.
Six of those first responders awarded, were in Bell County. Killeen Police Officer Robert “Bobby” Hornsby, Killeen Detective Charles “Chuck” Dinwiddie and Bell County Deputy Adam Davis, who were killed in the line of duty, were honored posthumously. Killeen Police Officers Juan Obregon and Odis Denton and Temple Police Sergeant James Bennett, who were seriously injured in the line of duty, also received the Star of Texas Award.
“For a decade now, we set aside time every year to honor some of our state’s best and bravest,” Governor 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.”
This year marks the 11th anniversary of the legislation creating the Star of Texas Award, which was established to honor and commemorate the bravery and selflessness of Texas’ first responders.
Killeen Police Department