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Grayson County Deputy Killed in the Line of Duty

Deputy's funeral to be held Thursday

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    Deputy Chad Key was a patrol deputy for 77 days before his was killed in the line of duty. Chad leaves behind a wife and three sons, ages 20, 10 and two months old.

    A Grayson County sheriff's deputy died and authorities have arrested a repeat drunken driver for allegedly hitting him while he was directing traffic east of Sherman on Saturday night.

    Deputy Chad Christian Key, 42, was assisting other officers and directing traffic just before 10:30 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. Highway 82 and Bethany Road when a driver failed to stop and struck him. Key was rushed to Texoma Medical Center in Denison where died at 11:45 p.m.

    The Grayson County Sheriff's Office said the driver was arrested and blood was drawn for alcohol and drug analysis.

    Ricky Trent Stanley, 28, of Whitesboro was arrested in the death of Key.

    Stanley is charged with intoxication manslaughter causing the death of a peace officer, failing to stop and render aid, driving while license invalid with prior convictions and unlawfully carrying a weapon.

    The sheriff said Stanley was convicted of driving while intoxicated in 2002 and 2004. He was arrested again in August 2012 for DWI and was out on a $10,000 bond with conditions.

    Key joined the Grayson County Sheriff's Office in November 2009 as a corrections officer, he graduated from the North Texas Regional Police Academy in June 2012 and had been a patrol deputy for 77 days before his death.

    Key is survived by his wife and three sons, ages 20, 10 and 2 months old.  His funeral will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Sherman.  He will be laid to rest at Burleson Cemetery in Luella.