Grand Marshal Information
Our 2016 Grand Marshal is Officer Matt Pearce!
Fort Worth Police Officer Matt Pearce received the Star of Texas Award, which honors first responders who have demonstrated remarkable courage and heroism in serving and protecting their communities.
The Star of Texas Awards were created by the Texas Legislature in 2003 to honor men and women who have been seriously injured or killed in the line of duty. Gov. Greg Abbott presented the award to Pearce.
“Today, Texas honors the extraordinary few — those who have demonstrated the character and the courage to repeatedly put their lives on the line to serve and protect their communities,” Abbott said. “Today we recognize acts of uncommon valor — by first responders, firefighters and law enforcement officers — willing to put everything on the line to keep us safe. All of the men and women who protect and serve, and the families who stand by their sides, deserve our deepest respect. They represent the very best of Texas.”
In March, Pearce was shot while in pursuit of a fugitive. He continues to undergo rehabilitation and hopes to be back on duty by the first anniversary of the shooting.
Mayor Betsy Price said in a statement: “Officer Matthew Pearce does us the honor of representing our men and women in uniform that protect the citizens of Fort Worth and our great state on a daily basis. We salute each of the Star of Texas awardees and will continue to strongly support these individuals who sacrificially and courageously serve, thereby making it possible for each of us to pursue safe and meaningful lives.”
Sponsored by Karen and Larry Anfin, the XTO Energy Parade of Lights Grand Marshal Float will feature Officer Pearce and his family, accompanied by an honor guard of Fort Worth Police Officers.
Congratulations Matt Pearce!