Monday, September 17, 2012

Star of Texas

This past Friday, state officials honored and recognized six Houston police officers injured or killed in the line of duty while protecting and serving the citizens of Houston.

The ceremony took place in the Texas House of Representatives Chamber of the State Capitol, 1400 Congress Avenue, in Austin.

Governor Rick Perry presented the "Star of Texas" Award to the following HPD officers:

Officer Osvaldo Gutierrez, of the Westside Patrol Division - On February 22, 2008, Officer Gutierrez was shot and wounded in the line of duty while attempting to arrest two motor vehicle burglary suspects in the parking lot of a shopping center in northwest Houston.

Senior Police Officer Victor Hill, of the Northwest Patrol Division - On October 27, 2007, Officer Hill was shot and wounded in the line of duty while attempting to arrest a burglary suspect at an apartment complex in northwest Houston.

Officer Nainash S. Patel, of the Narcotics Division - On February 24, 2011, Officer Patel was shot and wounded in the line of duty while assisting in a large-scale narcotics undercover operation at a residence in north Houston.

Retired Senior Police Officer Isidro Perez, of the Traffic Enforcement Division - On July 6, 2010, Officer Perez suffered several broken bones and serious injuries while conducting a traffic stop on the Gulf Freeway near Edgebrook.

Officer Jeffrey Werner, of the Juvenile Division and Officer John Horelica, of the Midwest Patrol Division - On February 24, 2007, Officers Werner and Horelica suffered extensive injuries after being struck by an intoxicated driver while trying to arrest an assault suspect in southwest Houston.

In 2003, the Star of Texas Awards were created to honor and commemorate selected first responders who made profound commitments while performing their duties as peace officers, firefighters and emergency medical first responders.

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