North Texas first responders to be honored during First Responder Bowl in Dallas


Five first responders will be honored during half time of the First Responders Bowl between Boston College and Boise State at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

The first to be honored is Officer Taylor Rust.

It was early September 2017 when a man burst into the home of his ex-wife shooting nine people and killing eight of them.

Rust was the first Plano officer on the scene. 

Without waiting for backup, Officer Rust went alone into face the man.

He shot him and ended the slaughter, saving at least four lives.

This past October, Rust was one of four officer chosen as finalists for an officer of the year award by the International Chiefs of Police.

He was honored at a conference attended by President Trump.

Now, Officer Rust is being honored again, this time chosen by the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration.

The administration has also chosen two Police officers from Red Oak who are credited with saving a baby in August.

Body camera video shows the child coughing up an object after Officer Michael Fitzgerald and Lt. Richard Boone worked to dislodge it.

Another honoree is Tarrant County Sheriff's Deputy Trenton Hill, a Certified Paramedic, who used his training to save a person who otherwise might have bled out after a traffic accident.

The fifth is Lauretta Hill, who is recognized for saving the life a man with a wound to his arm and unresponsive.

She applied a tourniquet and bandaged the wound before an ambulance arrived.