The family of Corporal D. Robert-Martin Harvey was presented the Star of Texas award by Governor Rick Perry in Austin on Thursday.
Harvey was with the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office and was killed in the line of duty in April 2009.
Harvey was responding to a fight in progress when another vehicle crossed the center line and struck Harvey's patrol car, causing it to burst into flames.
He was 29 years old.
The Star of Texas Awards were established in 2007 to honor peace officers, firefighters, and emergency medical first responders who have been seriously injured or killed in the line of duty.
In 2013, Senate Bill 877 was established to honor citizens who have been seriously injured or killed while assisting first responders with the Citizens' Star of Texas Award.
The governor appoints three advisory committees to review nominations each year to ensure they meet the criteria for the award.
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