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Grand jury declines to indict fired Grayson County fire officials

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SHERMAN, Texas -- A Grayson County grand jury has declined to file criminal charges against two county officials who had been fired after being accused of forging a government document.

The district attorney's office said the case came to light after former Assistant Fire Marshal Kerry Price was seen holding up a document to a window and tracing over what appeared to be a signature. 

A firefighter who witnessed the incident reported what he saw to his superiors.

Price told investigators he had forged the signature on a form after being instructed to do so by former Fire Marshal Kevin Walton. Their goal was to accelerate a required equipment inspection.

Walton and Price appealed their dismissals; those appeals were rejected.

"There is no doubt what these guys did was wrong," District Attorney Joe Brown said in a written statement. "They deserved to be fired. However, the only motive for what they did was to speed up the process and get their paperwork filed more quickly."

Why did the grand jury decline to indict the two men? That's "confidential" information, Brown said.

"I would expect they thought that losing their job was an adequate punishment,” the district attorney added.   

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