Doug Parker, Criminal Investigations Director, U. S. Environmental Protection Agency presented the award to Lynda Horne.
Doug Parker, Criminal Investigations Director, U. S. Environmental Protection Agency presented the award to Lynda Horne. (Special to the Times)

A former El Pasoan, Lynda Howard Horne, has been awarded the federal "Gold Medal for Exceptional Service" award for her participation in the investigation of the Deepwater Horizon incident: the largest environmental crime in U.S. history.

She was honored on March 3.

The Environmental Protection Agency's "Gold Medal "is the highest honor award granted by the agency. This award recognizes the outstanding contributions demonstrated by Horne and the investigative team during the criminal investigation of the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident that took 11 lives.

Deepwater Horizon was an oil drilling vehicle stationed in the Gulf of Mexico. In April the rig exploded. The incident lead to one of the largest oil spills in history and the rig eventually sank.

The award presentation was at Le Pavilllion's Crystal Room in New Orleans. In February 2015, Horne, who has worked for the federal agency for 30 years was also awarded a Bronze Medal for her exceptional team efforts in the prosecution of CES Environmental, a company with environmental violations that led to the death of two employees of that company.

She is a graduate of El Paso High School and now resides in Atascocita, Texas.