Texas Patriotism is at an all-time high on March 4, 2024, as First Responders gather to honor the brave heroes who have fallen in the line of duty at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

The ceremony was hosted by Dana Tyson of Sunny 99.1, and over 20 individuals were recognized for their heroism.

The opening remarks were given by the Chairman of Armed Forces Appreciation Committee, Retired Senior Master Sergeant of the United States Air Force, Spike Garcia.

“Our First Responders face many challenges as they protect and serve our communities throughout Harris County and [the surrounding city],” Garcia said.

Chief John Norris of the Forest Bend Fire Department was recognized for his bravery in the line of duty where he paid the ultimate sacrifice. His name was read by his wife, Chaplain Wendy Norris, and the fire department bell was rung in his honor.

The Chairman of the Board, Pat Mann Phillips spoke and showed her support of these First Responders.

“First Responders are…willing to give your time for a greater purpose while showing strong commitment and passion for what you do in the community,” Phillips said. “First Responders are selfless individuals who strive to put others before themselves.”

The ceremony honored many First Responders, sharing stories about their heroism and recognizing them for their selflessness and compassion towards this community. From lifesaving tourniquets to a seemingly simple phone call that prevented a devastating loss to an officer running into a burning building while 4 months pregnant, these First Responders were recognized for their quick thinking, kindness, courage, and dedication to the lives of Houston.

Houston Police Department Chief of Police Troy Finner finished with kind words to the First Responders.

“So many people run away from danger. Y’all run to danger, saving lives and impacting people in powerful ways,” he said to the honorees.

Closing the ceremony, family and friends honored those fallen by memory and gathered in the community with loved ones.