Nominations open for 2016 Star of Texas Awards

Nominations for the 2016 Star of Texas Awards are being accepted by the Texas Governor’s Office.

The award honor peaces officers, firefighters, and emergency medical first responders who were seriously injured or killed in the line of duty.

2016 nominations must be submitted to the governor’s office by June 15, 2016 , for the awards ceremony which will take place in September

House Bill 1937 created the Star of Texas Awards in 203, honor and commemorate selected first responders who made profound commitments while performing their duties as peace officers, firefighters and emergency medical first responders. HB 1937 also designated Sept. 11 of every year as Texas First Responders Day.

In 2005, amendments to the Star of Texas Awards statute (Texas Government Code, Chapter 3106) expanded awards to include all peace officers, firefighters and emergency medical first responders who were seriously injured or killed in the line of duty on or after Sept. 1, 2003.

In 2007, HB 1164 was signed into law amending the Star of Texas Awards statute to include awards for federal law enforcement officers or special agents seriously injured or killed while performing duties in Texas while assisting a state or local law enforcement agency.

In 2013, amendments to the Star of Texas Awards statute (Texas Government Code, Chapter 3106) expanded awards to include all citizens who were seriously injured or killed while assisting Texas first responders on or after Sept. 1, 2003.

Nomination forms are available at gov.texas.gov/forms/staroftexas/.