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Final Farewell to Grayson County Deputy Chad Key

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SHERMAN, TX--- It was an emotional final farewell today at the funeral for Grayson County Deputy Chad Key.

Last week, Key was killed after being hit by a suspected drunk driver. Today, hundreds of people gathered to pay their final respects to the deputy who they say was a man of honor who deeply influenced all those around him. 

"This is a particularly sad day for the Grayson County Sheriff's Office and we're all in mourning here for our brother and our family member,"  Lt. Rickey Wheeler of the Grayson County Sheriff's Office said.

Emotions ran high today as the family members, friends and fellow officers of Deputy Key walked into the First Baptist Church in Sherman to pay their respects.

"We've had letters, cards and condolences come in from all over the United States and that is especially important to us," Wheeler said.

"When one of our brother's gets killed like this, it does help the family to know there's this big  fraternity out here of law enforcement officers that are there to help them get through this," Sgt. Mike Wenzel of the Corpus Christi Police Department said.

Last Saturday, Key was hit by a suspected drunk driver's car while he was directing traffic and assisting officers off Highway 82 in Sherman. Key was rushed to Texoma Medical Center and later died.

"He was on his way to a great law enforcement career, but more importantly he was a great father and a great husband," Wheeler said.

This morning Key's widow, April, and his sons were surrounded by hundreds who knew and loved the man friends called a godly person, who was always full of joy.

"He was always a good person," Deputy Key's friend Chip Jarvis said. "He was well-liked, friendly and just a good guy."

The ceremony for the deputy who loved his family, law enforcement and spending time outdoors fishing with his sons was full of tributes.

"You can look around and see the people who are from all over," Sgt. D.M. Hampton of the Sherman Police Department said. "There are so many different law enforcement agencies here, even from other states. When one of our brothers falls, it's not gone unnoticed and that's one of the biggest tributes that we can pay to Key and his family."

Other tributes included a 21 gun salute, the playing of Taps and Key's last call, all of them saying thank you to a man of honor who will continue to inspire all those he leaves behind.

Key joined the Grayson County Sheriff's Office in 2009, but had only been a deputy for 77 days. Today, loved ones told us that he died working for a position he cared greatly for and among officers he deeply respected.

If you would like to see the web video of Deputy Key's funeral and burial, click here.