AUSTIN, TX. Sept. 10, 2015 — Governor Abbott awarded the Star of Texas Award to 28 Texans, including Jacinto City’s recipient Lt. Dennis Walker.
Since 2003 the award recognizes peace officers, firefighters, emergency medical first responders and citizens who assist them killed or injured in the line of duty.
Walker was injured March 20, 2013 when he was shot while defending another JC officer who had also been shot.
Governor Abbott said, “Today Texas continues its legacy of celebrating and honoring those who have served in the most challenging circumstances. It is with the highest esteem and depth of gratitude that I present the Star of Texas award to 28 Texans. The Star of Texas award is aptly named – it goes only to those who are truly stars in the State of Texas – those who have shined in their service to our fellow Texans, those who self-sacrificed and it has allowed Texas to continue to shine as the lone star of our great nation.”
When asked after the ceremony Lt. Walker said, “I’m just overwhelmed and grateful to be recognized by so many distinguished people and to those who made this possible. I have never even been to the Capitol nor met Governor Abbott so this is really a huge event for my life and one my family and I will cherish forever.”
“What impacted me this day the most was my having seen those family members and the little children of those who was killed in the line of duty. It tore my heart out to see those kids get the award for their deceased parents. Seeing that took me back to the day of the shooting and it made me realize those kids could have been my own,” Walker said.
Jacinto City officials and citizens traveled to the State’s Capitol to watch the Governor’s presentation of the award Thursday morning.