America's Defenders Foundation created this award to recognize members of the
law enforcement community that have been engaged in a violent conflict and performed with honor and valor.
This is our highest honor award and is traditionally awarded during the Thin Blue Line Ball each year. Each officer is nominated by an outside source or by one of our board members for consideration. After an extensive review of the incident and the nominated officer's actions the board convenes and votes on the recipient(s).
We recognize that not every recipient will ultimately survive their incident and in those situations the officer's next of kin receives the award on their behalf.
Each award is a steel spartan helmet with a thin blue line running down the right side of the face. On the left cheek sits the officer's name, department, year of the award, and if necessary the end of watch date.
Sgt. Michael Smith - Dallas PD
Sr. Cpl. Lorne Ahrens - Dallas PD
Ofc. Patrick Zamarripa - Dallas PD
Ofc. Michael Krol - Dallas PD
Ofc. Brent Thompson - DART PD
Det. Jerry Walker - Little Elm PD
Ofc. Matthew Pearce - Ft. Worth PD
Ofc. David Sherrard - Richardson PD
Ofc. Ann Carrizales - Stafford PD
Hon. Ofc. Abigail Arias - Freeport PD