Denton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Josh Godi received the Star of Texas Award Wednesday in the House of Representatives in Austin.
Gov. Rick Perry presented the award which honors all Texas peace officers and federal law enforcement officers or special agents acting in assistance to state or local law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical first responders who were seriously injured or killed in the line of duty on or after Sept. 1, 2003, according to a news release.
Deputy Godi had previously been awarded the Purple Heart by Sheriff Will Travis, who along with Godi’s family, attended the ceremony.
“I was extremely proud to be present while the governor honored one of our own,” the sheriff said.
In July 2012, Godi had finished a call in the Providence area and parked to write his notes. He was talking to another deputy who was briefing him on the person with whom they were dealing.
Deputy Godi saw a car approaching from behind and saw the car go off the road. The last thing he remembers was the crunch from the collision.
For the next three months, Godi said he couldn’t remember anything.
After the accident, Godi handled the scene, called paramedics, called his sergeant and secured the scene until back-up arrived, according to reports. Godi also made sure the driver of the other car and his own passenger were seen by medics before they took care of him.
But Godi says he doesn’t remember doing anything after the accident.
Godi didn’t find out about handling the scene until he was at the hospital. It was even later when Godi found out he had suffered a traumatic brain injury.
Godi spent three months going to a brain rehabilitation center and had gaps in his memory up through December of 2012.
Godi is now fully recovered and back on active duty.