A Montgomery County peace officer received the Star of Texas Award at this year's ceremony in Austin on Sept. 10.
The Star of Texas Awards were created in 2003, and are awarded to law enforcement and first responders who made “profound commitments” while doing their jobs, according to a release from Gov. Greg Abbott’s office.
Precinct 5 Constable, Cpl. Lonnie Bruce Harrison, received the award after he was involved in a vehicle accident that injured his spine, according to Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley’s office.
“Cpl. Harrison made a decision to become a peace officer in order to make a positive difference in this world. He chose Montgomery County as the place where he would like to work and offer his services,” Riley said. “The unfortunate accident reduced his ability to serve his aspiration to help others. The Star of Texas Award lifts the individual up to be recognized for the risks that are taken each day by men and women, like Cpl. Harrison, during their line of duty.”
Cpl. Harrison was one of 46 recipients of the awards, which were personally presented by the governor and First Lady Cecilia Abbott.