The honor given Thursday to wounded Granbury police officer Chad Davis and the widow of Lance McLean, a Hood County Sheriff’s Office deputy mortally wounded in the line of duty, can’t match their sacrifice – but the Star of Texas Award commemorates their brave deeds.
The awards honor Texas peace officers, firefighters and emergency medical first responders who were wounded or killed in the line of duty.
Gov. Rick Perry, delivering the keynote address, said, “The Texans we honor here today are the best our state has to offer – people for whom honor, courage and dedication are a way of life.”
McLean, 38, was shot by a suspect from Joshua on June 28 while responding to a call in Oak Trail Shores. The patrol sergeant and SWAT team member died the next day. He left behind two special-needs children, ages 10 and 7, along with wife Katy.
The suspect, Ricky Don McCommas, then drove to downtown Granbury and was killed in a shootout with multiple law enforcement officers in front of City Hall. Davis, 36, suffered a gunshot wound to the shoulder, and has not returned to active duty.
“We were so honored to be recognized by Gov. Perry and the state of Texas for the Star of Texas awards,” Katy McLean said in a statement relayed by the sheriff. “Lance will always be our hero, and we miss him every day. Thank you for your continued support and prayers.”
Sheriff Roger Deeds accompanied Katy along with Lance’s mother Joyce, both of Hico, to the award ceremony at Shoreline Church in Austin.
“I want people to remember what (Lance) did for the county,” Deeds said. “It was pretty special. Lance always knew that was part of the job, and all my deputies have been reminded of that. I hope that never happens again. Lance was protecting a family and a neighborhood. He protected and saved a lot of people with his sacrifice.”
Granbury Police Chief Mitch Galvan said that “words cannot express” how proud he is of Davis.
“I’m excited to go watch the presentation and cheer him on,” the chief said via cell phone Thursday while en route to Austin. “It’s a great honor to show the sacrifices that first responders make in their job – their willingness to put their lives on the line for others.”
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