"Our first responders represent the very best of who we are, going above and beyond the call of duty to serve their fellow Texans,"
– Governor Greg Abbott
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas –"Today we remember first responders who have lost their lives, and honor those who have demonstrated extraordinary valor in the line of duty," said Texas Governor Greg Abbott earlier today at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo's (HLSR) First Responders of the Year Awards Ceremony, honoring the state's first responders who have gone above and beyond to protect their communities.
"Our first responders represent the very best of who we are – going above and beyond the call of duty to serve their fellow Texans," said Abbott.
During the ceremony held at the NRG Center, the Governor recognized 16 award recipients – including 15 Texans and one group organization – for their selfless leadership, heroism, and sacrifice in service to their fellow Texans.
"Texans are forever grateful for our first responders and their loved ones, and the State Texas will always support them in all that they do to keep our communities safe," said Abbott.
Each year, the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo – the world's largest event of its kind with more than 34,000 livestock and horse show entries – honors various public law enforcement, firefighters, EMS, and other emergency services agencies in the Houston Metropolitan Area during the rodeo's First Responders Day.
First Responders of the Year honorees are chosen by the rodeo's Armed Forces Appreciation Committee.