Austin, TX - Governor Greg Abbott honored 28 first responders Thursday for their courage and valor while serving in the line of duty, including Pampa Police Sergeant Houston Gass.
Abbott presented Gass with the Star of Texas Award, which is given to men and women who are killed or seriously injured while protecting their community.
Gass was shot in the face back in January during a standoff in Pampa.
"It was quite the humbling honor to be able to sit there with many of my brothers and sisters in law enforcement," said Sgt. Gass. "But to listen to the names that were called out that received the award posthumously is what was really humbling. It really gave you a grip on exactly how close we all came."
With recent negativity and attacks against police officers, Gass said the award could not come at a better time. "Because it shows at least the people in our area and in Texas still have at least some respect for what we do."
Gass still has a couple more jaw surgeries ahead of him before he can go back to work, protecting and serving the Pampa community.
For a full list of the other Star of Texas recipients, click here.