Two Arlington Officers Honored for Bravery

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Congratulations!  Texas Governor Greg Abbott has presented two Arlington Police Officers with Star of Texas awards.

The award honors peace officers, firefighters, and emergency medical first responders who are seriously injured or killed in the line of duty. The Star of Texas Award was presented to 57 first responders during a ceremony in Austin on Sept. 12, 2016.

Officer Leticia Brooks involved in a crash in 2006 while on duty.   Officer Brooks was standing outside the patrol car when a drunk driver collided with another patrol car. The impact of the crash caused serious injuries. Officer Brooks recovered and is currently assigned to the patrol division.

Officer Michael Bali was shot in the line of duty in November 2015. He was assigned to a local task force working an assignment out of the city when he was confronted by an armed suspect. The suspect shot Officer Bali in the leg. He was treated a local hospital for serious injuries and has returned to full active duty with the department.

“Law enforcement officers face grave danger every day as they perform their duties. I am proud of these two officers, the formal recognition and support from Governor Abbott, and the outpouring of community compassion shown to our department,” said Arlington Police Chief Will D. Johnson.

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