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Injured Lindale firefighter Joe Yeakley receives Star of Texas Award from Gov. Perry

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AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today presented the Star of Texas Awards, which honor peace officers, firefighters and emergency medical first responders who have been seriously injured or killed in the line of duty.

Among the three recipients who received the award for "Firefighters Seriously Injured in the line of Duty" were Lindale firefighter Joe Yeakley.

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

“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.”

This year marks the 11th anniversary of the legislation creating the Star of Texas Award, which was established to honor and commemorate the bravery and selflessness of Texas' first responders.

In 2007, the award was expanded to include federal law enforcement officers or special agents seriously injured or killed while performing duties that assisted a state or local law enforcement agency in Texas.

In 2013, Senate Bill 877 established the Citizens' Star of Texas Award to recognize citizens who were seriously injured or killed while assisting first responders. Three advisory committees are appointed by the governor to review award nominations each year to ensure they meet statutory criteria.

This year's award recipients are as follows:

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 SafetyChristian Vicuna, Texas Department of Public Safety

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