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Grayson County terminates two fire officials

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Kevin Walton (left) and Kerry Price (KTEN) Kevin Walton (left) and Kerry Price (KTEN)

SHERMAN, Texas -- Two top Grayson County fire officials have lost their jobs after an investigation.

Fire Marshal Kevin Walton and Assistant Fire Marshal Kerry Price were terminated Wednesday after being accused of forging a government document.

"It's going to be part of the investigation ... in reference to an inspection of personal protection equipment," Grayson County Sheriff's Office Lt. Sarah Bigham explained.

The investigation was launched on July 11. Walton and Price have five days to appeal the decision to Grayson County Sheriff Tom Watt. In the meantime, their responsibilities still must be handled.

"We need to make sure we are providing those services to the public, so that is our primary concern right now -- whether it be on a temporary basis or a permanent basis... depends on the outcome of their appeal," Bigham said.

The district attorney's office will determine whether criminal charges will be filed in connection with the cases.

"It's premature at this point to know exactly what will happen," District Attorney Joe Brown said. "These things range all the way from administrative violations to potential criminal charges, so we'll be in the process of looking at that."

The investigation began just a few weeks after the fire marshals' duties were transferred from the county's Emergency Management office to the Sheriff's Office.