DENISON, TEXAS -- Media outlets, bank representatives and Grayson County sheriff's deputies pulled together today to collect money for the Deputy Chad Key Memorial Fund.
The funds raised will support his wife and three sons, ages 20, 10 and three months.
Texomans donated dollar after dollar to a fellow family in need. Amy Simpson felt compelled to give.
"I just felt like that's what my heart needs to do right now is make a donation for that," Simpson said.
Deputy Key's wife April released this statement, "Me and the boys are so very grateful and appreciative of all the love and support we are receiving from everyone. Chad was an amazing husband and father and we miss him dearly. He would be so proud of all the support we are receiving."
The loss of Deputy Key also weighs heavily on Sheriff Keith Gary.
"This has changed my life, I mean, I just, it's changed a lot of people's lives," Gary said.
Sheriff Gary ordered these pins for everyone that serves in his office and for the jailers who worked with Deputy Key.
"They were really surprised when I was able to give them to them so we're going to wear them for 30 days and at the end of 30 days we'll make a decision what we're going to do then," Gary said.
Lt. Rickey Wheeler says it's encouraging how supportive the community has been to the Key family, but they're still in need of financial assistance.
"They're going to have to pay funeral expenses, bills, her rent has to be continued to pay, she's not working right now, she has two small children to take care of; things that people don't normally think of," Wheeler said.
Donations can still be made at any Landmark Bank location.