AUSTIN (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry 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.
Among the recipients was Austin Police Lt. Clay Crabb’s family. Crabb was killed in a vehicle crash while on duty in Oct. 2013. His wife and children accepted the award.
“It’s emotional,” said Anne Crabb. “Each time, it does bring it all back. but it’s an honor to be here for my husband.”
The Star of Texas Award was created to honor police and other emergency personnel who exhibited extraordinary service to the state. Some 363 awards 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.