Four APD officers presented Star of Texas Award by Gov. Abbott

The award honors Peace Officers, Firefighters and Emergency First Responders who are seriously injured or killed in the line of duty

  • Star of Texas Award honorees  (Photo: Arlington Police Department)
    Four Arlington Police officers were honored Monday with the Star of Texas Award, presented to them by Gov. Greg Abbott. Appearing with Deputy Chief Jim Lowrey (far left) and Police Chief Will Johnson (far right) are (l-r) Ofc. Edward Johnston, Ofc. Jason Heisel, Cpl. Elise Bowden and Lt. Michael Moses. (Photo: Arlington Police Department)
Ken Costlow

Four Arlington Police officers were honored with the Star of Texas Award by Gov. Greg Abbott at a ceremony Monday in the Texas State Capitol’s House of Representatives Chamber.

The Star of Texas Award recognizes Peace Officers, Firefighters and Emergency First Responders who are seriously injured or killed in the line of duty.

The four Arlington officers honored were Lt. Michael Moses, Cpl. Elise Bowden, Ofc. Edward Johnston and Ofc. Jason Heisel.

Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson attended the ceremony with the officers in Austin as they received their awards.

“I am extremely proud of the heroic efforts and commitment to service that is exemplified by each of these officers who were injured in the line of duty,” Chief Johnson said.

In 2004, Lt. Moses – a patrolman at the time – was preparing to exit his patrol car during a traffic stop when a suspected intoxicated driver slammed into the back of his vehicle.

The car burst into flames, but off-duty police officers from Fort Worth and Grand Prairie helped pull Moses from the wreckage.

Moses received second-degree burns to his body, but returned to active duty after recovering from his injuries. He has since been promoted to lieutenant.

Cpl. Bowden was severely injured while making a traffic stop last February. A suspect with a felony warrant refused to exit the vehicle and ran over Bowden twice while fleeing from the scene.

Bowden sustained several broken bones and fractures but has since returned to light duty with the department.

Ofc. Johnston was shot while helping Saginaw Police investigators to serve a felony warrant for murder in April 2016. The suspect refused to exit the apartment and began firing from inside the apartment unit.

One of the shots struck Johnston in the leg. After being transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injury, he has since returned to full duty with the APD.

Ofc. Heisel was involved in a vehicle pursuit was a drug suspect in 2012 when the police motorcycle he was riding was forced off the road by the suspect. The resulting crash left Heisel was a serious leg injury.

Following a recuperation period, Heisel returned to full-time duty with the APD’s Motorcycle Unit.