Grayson County deputy, Chad Key, honored with memorial garden

Published: Feb. 9, 2018 at 10:01 PM CST
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A memorial now stands just outside the Grayson County Sheriff's Office for Deputy Chad Key, who was killed in the line of duty by a suspected drunk driver in 2013.

"I'm amazed and overwhelmed and just extremely touched."

Family, friends and fellow deputies gathered in Sherman Friday to remember and honor Grayson County Deputy Chad Key, who was killed in the line of duty in 2013.

Key was working traffic at a crash site on Highway 82 when he was hit by a drunk driver who was later convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

"The family never forgets but to have so many people in the community still remember and care. It means the world to me."

This memorial garden sits on the west part of the Grayson County Sheriff's Office.

It's a place Key's wife, April, says she will visit with their kids.

"It's somewhere for us to come. That's extremely special for us. I actually asked the Sheriff if it would be ok if I could come eat lunch here on some days and of course he was like absolutely."

Key joined the Grayson County Sheriff's Office in 2009 as a corrections officer.

In 2012 he graduated from the Police Academy and had been a patrol deputy for 77 days before his death.

But although his service was cut short, his legacy lives on.

"The people that worked with him, all they ever say about him are the good things. There is nothing bad to say about him."

The memorial was free to the department. Every part of it donated by the community.

"This is Grayson County, That's what people do."

"I am so honored. Me and everyone has a place to come to reflect on Chad and anyone in law enforcement that has been lost."