The dozen were volunteer firefighters from West or surrounding areas who rushed to fight April flames that triggered the explosion, killing 15 people.
Also receiving Star of Texas awards are Kaufman County District Attorney Michael McLelland and his wife Cynthia. They were gunned down in March, following the slaying of Assistant DA Mark Hasse, who is also being honored.
The Star of Texas Award was created in 2003. Perry will distribute awards Thursday at an Austin church.
Also receiving one is U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Jaime Zapata, killed in Mexico in 2011, allegedly by the Zetas cartel.