Governor Honors Fallen & Injured DFW-Area Officers

AUSTIN -- Two stars shone brightly Monday afternoon at the State Capitol.

Officer Matt Pearce and the late David Hoffer were each given the Star of Texas award by Governor Greg Abbott. The prestigious honor is given to first responders who are killed or seriously injured in the line of duty.

The family of Euless police officer David Hoffer accepted the award on his behalf. The 29-year-old was gunned down when he and three other cops were ambushed. The funeral was held in NYC where he started his career.

Officer Pearce was there to accept his award. The Fort Worth cop has been in recovery mode since he was shot seven times in the line of duty back in March. But, he wasn't alone. A bus full of Fort Worth cops took a road trip to see him receive the honor.

"These awards are very prestigious and just happy to be there with him and show our support," Officer Dean Gilliam said.

The digs weren't too bad either. A double-decker bus was donated by a friend of the department, Constable Clint Burgess of Precinct 7.

"Well, this is the largest limo in the country actually donated about a year ago," Burgess told NewsFix. "We worked with Texas Motor Speedway and just made it a spectacular vehicle. We were just honored to help out!"