The Star of Texas Award has been awarded to the brave men and women who gave their lives or sustained serious injuries in the line of duty since 2003. On September 11, 2019, Officer Brannon Barber, Officer Troy Lee Allison, and Senior Corporal Earl “Jamie” Givens III., were recognized for their line of duty service by Governor Greg Abbott and were honored with the Star of Texas Award.
Officer Brannon Barber was seriously injured in the line of duty on October 21, 2018, while investigating a traffic accident. Officer Barber has protected and served the Dallas community for three years.
Officer Troy Lee Allison was seriously injured in the line of duty on August 17, 2018, while apprehending an active shooter. Officer Allison has protected and served the Dallas community for twelve years.
Senior Corporal Earl “Jamie” Givens III. gave his life in the line of duty on July 21, 2018, while escorting the body of a fallen officer. Senior Corporal Givens has protected and served the Dallas community for thirty-two years
During the ceremony, Governor Greg Abbott stated, “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 Dallas Police Department stands with Governor Abbott in honoring our heroes for their service and sacrifice.