SWEETWATER, Texas -

This is National Police Week and in Sweetwater law enforcement officers where honored Thursday during a special ceremony.

A special award was given to a woman who had no idea she was to be honored.  Edith Brothers was shot while serving as a Sweetwater police officer in 1977, 36 years ago.

She was critically injured and it took her months to recover.

Thursday, she was given a purple heart medal and a commendation bar was also presented to her by Sweetwater Police Chief Brian Frieda.

Frieda said the honor was long overdue.