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Governor presents 2019 Star Of Texas Awards

Posted Sept. 12, 2019

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Interim Police Chief Ed Kraus, left, joined members of the Hull family at the Texas Capitol to receive the Star of Texas Award.

Gov. Greg Abbott presented the 2019 Star of Texas Award to the family of Cpl. Garrett W. Hull, a Fort Worth police officer who died in the line of duty a year ago.

Abbott presented awards to 50 peace officers, firefighters and first responders who demonstrated heroism and sacrifice in service to their communities and to Texas.

“The Star of Texas Awards symbolize the deep and enduring gratitude Texans have for the brave first responders who were injured or died in the line of duty,” Abbott said. “Our first responders represent the very best of Texas, and we will never forget their service and sacrifice. To all the men and women who protect and serve, thank you for being the light of justice and peace in our communities. You are the shield that stands between danger and the people of Texas, and you have our deepest respect and unwavering support.”

The Star Of Texas Awards were created in 2003 to honor and commemorate individuals who made profound commitments while performing their duties as peace officers, firefighters and emergency medical first responders. Sept. 11 of every year has been designated Texas First Responders Day.

On Sept. 13, 2018, Hull and other members of the Criminal Intelligence Unit were conducting surveillance of three suspects who had been involved in more than 15 armed robberies in which three people were shot. The three suspects attempted to flee on foot into the surrounding neighborhood. During the foot pursuit, one of the men opened fire, striking Hull in the head. Other officers returned fire and killed the subject before placing Hull in a patrol car and transporting him to a hospital, where he later died. The other two suspects were apprehended nearby.

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