The Governor of Texas presented the Star of Texas award to three Dallas Fire Rescue responders who were injured in the September 2021 explosion at an apartment complex in Highland Hills.

Captain Christ Gadomski, Driver Engineer Ronald Hall and Officer Pauline Perez received the award in Austin this week. They were injured in the explosion, caused by a gas leak.

Gadomski spent four weeks in hospital after the accident.

The blast injured eight people, including firefighters, and a 28-year-old man was charged with multiple counts of fatal driving, accused of firing a shot that caused the leak.

The three injured firefighters filed a complaint lawsuit seeking $100 million in damages against Atmos Energy, the owners of the apartment complex and its management company.

“The award is presented annually to honor law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical first responders who have been killed or seriously injured in the line of duty,” according to a message from Dallas Fire. Rescue.