A fallen local hero has been honored with the Star of Texas award, given to him after his death in the line of duty by Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst.
The award was given to Highway Patrol Cpl. David Slaton, who died in a two-vehicle wreck in September 2010 in Montague County. Troopers say Slaton swerved to avoid a cow when he crashed into a semi. Slaton was the 84th officer killed in the line of duty in DPS history. Slaton's family and friends were there to accept the honor on his behalf. A monument in Bowie has been built for him and a portion of US 81 has been renamed in his honor.