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Fundraiser held for family of fallen deputy

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GRAYSON CO. -- A roadside memorial now marks the intersection where Grayson County deputy Chad Key was hit and killed by a suspected drunk driver on April 20th.

He had a wife and three sons, Lance, Seth and Colt. They were 20, 10 and two months old.

Wednesday, a fundraiser was held outside Landmark Bank in Denison to collect donations and spread the word about the "Chad Key Memorial Fund" set up to support his family.

"He's looking down on us and I know he's really happy his family is being taken care of," widow April Key said. "We really appreciate and cannot express in words the support and gratitude that we have for everyone."

A steady stream of generous Texomans donated.

Grayson County sheriff Keith Gary says his staff will wear pins he had made for every employee in honor of the fallen deputy for the 30 days.

"I thought we would do something to help us remember Chad," Sheriff Gary said.

The sheriff says in his 41 years in law enforcement, this is the first time one of his own has been killed in the line of duty.

"Never have I had to bury anybody," he said. "So this has changed my life. It's changed a lot of people's lives."

Anyone who wasn't able to donate Wednesday can still do so at any Landmark Bank location in Texas and Oklahoma.