Governor Honors 3 Fallen Central Texas Officers

AUSTIN (September 3, 2014) Fallen Killeen police Officers Robert “Bobby” Hornsby and Charles “Chuck” Dinwiddie and Bell County sheriff’s Deputy Adam Davis were among the first responders whom Gov. Rick Perry honored Wednesday in Austin with Star of Texas Awards.

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

Perry also presented the awards Wednesday to Killeen police officers Juan E. Obregon and Odis Denton, Temple police Sgt. James “Brad” Bennett, and McLennan County sheriff’s Lt. Johnny Spillman, all of whom were seriously injured in the line of duty.

"For a decade now, we set aside time every year to honor some of our state's best and bravest," Gov Perry said Wednesday.

"These individuals placed their lives on the line to fight back raging fires, rush badly-injured Texans to the hospital for life-saving care, or take the most dangerous felons off the streets. They're heroes because they understand the risks involved in their jobs, and they know there's nothing routine about any fire or any traffic stop,” he said.

Temple Police Sgt. James Bennett

Temple Police Sgt. Brad Bennett, a more than two-decade veteran of the department, was shot during a confrontation with a robbery suspect on March 6, 2011. He was wounded in the leg and also suffered a bruised abdomen from a bullet that struck his bulletproof vest. The suspect, Eriberto Herrera, 20, was critically wounded and died several weeks later.

Killeen Police Officers Robert Hornsby And Juan Obregon

On July 14, 2013, Pfc. Dustin Billy Cole, 24, of Talihina, Okla., opened fire with an AK47 on two Killeen police SWAT Team officers. Officer Robert "Bobby" Layden Hornsby, 32, of Killeen died. Officer Juan E. Obregon, Jr., 33, was seriously wounded.

Bell County Sheriff’s Deputy Adam Davis

On Dec. 11, 2013, Bell County Deputy Sheriff Adam Davis, 36, who was in a coma and in critical condition after suffering head injuries in a single-vehicle crash on Dec. 1, 2013 while responding to a call, died at Scott & White Hospital. Adams was near the end of his shift when he responded at around 9:15 p.m. on Dec. 1 to a report of a man with a gun near Pendleton. He lost control of his patrol car on Farm-to-Market- Road 1237 just southwest of the community.

McLennan County Sheriff’s Lt. John Spillman

Sheriff's Lt. Johnny Spillman, was shot in the leg on Dec. 18, 2013 when a search for a kidnapped woman ended in an exchange of gunfire with the 25-year-old suspect.
The shooting occurred just after 2 p.m. Dec. 18 near America’s Storage at 1215 Baylor Ave., following a search that started after a woman was abducted at gunpoint that morning from a home in the 3300 block of Lyle Avenue.

Killeen Police Detective Charles Dinwiddie And Officer Odis Denton

On May 9, Killeen police Detective Charles "Chuck" Dinwiddie, an 18-year veteran and on the SWAT Team for 15 years, was shot while serving a search warrant at 1104 Circle M Dr. He died on May 11 at Scott & White Hospital in Temple. Officer Odis Denton, a nine-year veteran of the Killeen Police Department, was seriously injured.

Full List Of Recipients

EMERGENCY MEDICAL FIRST RESPONDERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY
Raymond Allison, Sterling County EMS

FIRE FIGHTERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY
William Tanksley, Dallas Fire-Rescue

PEACE OFFICERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY
Clay Crabb, Austin Police Department
Adam Davis, Bell County Sheriff's Department***
Jason Norling, Harris County Constable's Office
Charles Dinwiddie, Killeen Police Department***
Robert Hornsby, Killeen Police Department***
Robert Deckard, San Antonio Police Department
Marc Kelley, Trinity University Police Department
Billy Kennedy, Upton County Sheriff's Office

FIRE FIGHTERS SERIOUSLY INJURED IN THE LINE OF DUTY
Rafael Navarrette, El Paso Fire Department
Robert "Robby" Payne, West Fire Department
Barney "Joe" Yeakley, Lindale Fire Department

PEACE OFFICERS SERIOUSLY INJURED IN THE LINE OF DUTY
Charles Lodatto, Arlington Police Department
Candice Rodriguez, Bexar County Sheriff's Office
James Kelemen, Conroe Police Department
Amador Gonzalez, Corpus Christi Police Department
Michael Goodman, Corpus Christi Police Department
Joshua Burns, Dallas Police Department
Josh Godi, Denton County Sherriff's Office
Richard Lambing, Fort Worth Police Department
Bradley Durst, Fredericksburg Police Department
Juan Obregon, Killeen Police Department***
Odis Denton, Killeen Police Department***
John Spillman, McLennan County Sheriff's Office***
Ann Carrizales, Stafford Police Department
Leslie Claunch, Stafford Police Department
James Bennett, Temple Police Department***
Allen Lanier, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission
Roberto Charles, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission
Larry Vaughan, Texas Department of Public Safety
Christian Vicuna, Texas Department of Public Safety

(Source: Texas Governor’s Office)


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