Governor Abbott Presents 2018 Star Of Texas Awards
Style Magazine Newswire | 9/11/2018, 2:03 p.m.
AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today presented the 2018 Star of Texas Awards to peace officers, firefighters and first responders who demonstrated heroism in service to their communities and the State of Texas. The Star of Texas Awards were created in 2003 by the Texas Legislature to honor the men and women who have been killed or sustained injuries in the line of duty.
“Our peace officers, firefighters, and first responders bravely serve our communities, but we must never forget that they are also members of our communities,” said Governor Abbott. “They are our neighbors, friends, and loved ones who go to work every day because they care deeply about those they serve ─ so much so that they are willing to put their own lives on the line to keep us safe. I thank all the brave men and women here today, and those who couldn’t be, for your courage and the sacrifices you make to serve Texans.”
The Star Of Texas Awards were created in 2003 by House Bill 1937 to honor and commemorate individuals who made profound commitments while performing their duties as peace officers, firefighters and emergency medical first responders. HB 1937 also designated September 11th of every year as Texas First Responders Day. Today’s ceremony honored and recognized 44 individuals for their remarkable courage and tremendous sacrifices in the line of duty, including some who tragically gave their lives.
View a complete list of past honorees.
The 2018 recipients of the Star of Texas Awards are:
Firefighters Injured in the Line of Duty
William An – Dallas Fire-Rescue – (Dallas County)
Mark Mendez – Nixon Fire Department – (Gonzales County)
Peace Officers Killed in the Line of Duty
Damon Charles Allen – Texas Department of Public Safety – (Limestone County)
Kenneth Malcomb Copeland – San Marcos Police Department – (Hays County)
Mark Gregory Diebold – Tarrant County Constable Precinct 5 – (Tarrant County)
David Gomez – Department of Homeland Security, United States Border Patrol – (El Paso County)
Richard Wayne Hale – Office of Inspector General, Juvenile Justice Department – (Cooke County)
Rogelio Martinez – US Customs and Border Patrol – (Culberson County)
Miguel Moreno III – San Antonio Police Department – (Bexar County)
Thomas Patrick Nipper – Texas Department of Public Safety – (Bell County)
Steve A. Perez – Houston Police Department – (Harris County)
Monty Dale Platt – West Texas A&M University Police Department – (Randall County)
Rogelio Santander Jr. – Dallas Police Department NE Patrol – (Dallas County)
David Charles Sherrard – Richardson Police Department – (Collin County)
Kenneth Joseph Starrs – South Texas Specialized Crimes & Narcotics Task Force – (Kleberg County)
Shana R. Tedder – Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Christina Melton Crain Unit – (Coryell County)
Charles M. Whites – Round Rock Police Department – (Williamson County)
Elise Ann Ybarra – Abilene Police Department – (Taylor County)
Peace Officers Injured in the Line of Duty
Carla Strauser – Arlington Police Department – (Tarrant County)
William Cody Brewer – Arlington Police Department – (Tarrant County)