AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry has honored dozens of police officers, firefighters and first responders killed or severely hurt in the line of duty with Star of Texas awards.
The awards were distributed during a somber ceremony Wednesday at the Texas Capitol.
The Star of Texas Award was created to honor police and other emergency personnel who exhibited extraordinary service to the state. Nearly 400 have been distributed since the program began in 2004.
Perry is seriously considering a presidential run in 2016 after his White House bid three years ago flamed out. He spent Tuesday in Iowa, which opens presidential primary voting.
The governor's popularity nationally has only increased with the GOP's conservative base since he was indicted last month on felony charges of abuse of power.
2014 Award Recipients:
EMERGENCY MEDICAL FIRST RESPONDERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY
Raymond Allison, Sterling County EMS
FIRE FIGHTERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY
William Tanksley, Dallas Fire-Rescue
PEACE OFFICERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY
Clay Crabb, Austin Police Department
Adam Davis, Bell County Sheriff's Department
Jason Norling, Harris County Constable's Office
Charles Dinwiddie, Killeen Police Department
Robert Hornsby, Killeen Police Department
Robert Deckard, San Antonio Police Department
Marc Kelley, Trinity University Police Department
Billy Kennedy, Upton County Sheriff's Office
FIRE FIGHTERS SERIOUSLY INJURED IN THE LINE OF DUTY
Rafael Navarrette, El Paso Fire Department
Robert "Robby" Payne, West Fire Department
Barney "Joe" Yeakley, Lindale Fire Department
PEACE OFFICERS SERIOUSLY INJURED IN THE LINE OF DUTY
Charles Lodatto, Arlington Police Department
Candice Rodriguez, Bexar County Sheriff's Office
James Kelemen, Conroe Police Department
Amador Gonzalez, Corpus Christi Police Department
Michael Goodman, Corpus Christi Police Department
Joshua Burns, Dallas Police Department
Josh Godi, Denton County Sherriff's Office
Richard Lambing, Fort Worth Police Department
Bradley Durst, Fredericksburg Police Department
Juan Obregon, Killeen Police Department
Odis Denton, Killeen Police Department
John Spillman, McLennan County Sheriff's Office
Ann Carrizales, Stafford Police Department
Leslie Claunch, Stafford Police Department
James Bennett, Temple Police Department
Allen Lanier, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission
Roberto Charles, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission
Larry Vaughan, Texas Department of Public Safety
Christian Vicuna, Texas Department of Public Safety
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