Denison golf tournament in honor of fallen officers raises more than $30 thousand

DENISON, Tex. (KXII) -- Hundreds of people gathered to honor two fallen Grayson County law enforcement officers at the 2nd annual Back the Badge Memorial Golf Tournament in Denison.

Not only is it a tribute to Capt. Rickey Wheeler and Officer Vincent Castellanos, it benefits two scholarship funds in honor of fallen officers.

"Because he loved golf. If he could've been at the golf course, he would have been," said Capt. Wheeler's wife, Laura Wheeler.

"If anybody saw him play, then you would've understood his love for the game," said Officer Castellanos' wife, Angelia Castellanos.

"Like I said, Chad's not a golfer but he'd be out here for sure. But he would be out here pulling pranks on everyone instead of golfing," said Deputy Chad Key's wife, April Key.

This golf game means a lot to these three women.

Held in honor of their husbands, all who worked in law enforcement.

"We just always thought there was a need. Something that would help our first responders cause they're always obviously helping us," Key said.

Part of the money will benefit Sherman and Denison Police Departments, and the Grayson County Sheriff's Office.

Some will go to help their families through catastrophic events.

"Whether it's medically, whether they have an injury, or God forbid a death, we want to make sure we take care of our sheriff's, deputies, and our police officers," said Zac Grantham, Katy Country radio host.

A portion will help fund the Chad Key memorial scholarship.

A Grayson County deputy killed by a drunk driver in the line of duty five years ago.

"They're putting their hearts and lives on the line every single day. And they're husbands and wives and fathers and brothers and uncles just like everyone else," Key said.

Rickey Wheeler, a captain at the Grayson County Sheriff's Office and Vincent Castellanos, a Sherman Police officer, played in the tournament last year.

Both men lost their lives to cancer in the past year.

Now, this tournament is named for them.

"He would be very proud to have his name associated with this organization. So I'm very honored, humbled, and know he's smiling down on us because of this today," Wheeler said.

"Just thank you. Thank you for your love and your support for me and my children, that's all," Castellanos said.