Oak tree planted in memory of deputy

October 26, 2013


by mark wilson

A red oak tree, donated by a group of Granbury school employees, was planted Wednesday in front of the Law Enforcement Center in honor of Deputy Lance McLean who died June 29 as a result of a gunshot wound suffered in the line of duty.

A group that included GHS Principal Jeremy Ross, vice principals, counselors and other staff members bought the tree. Sheriff Roger Deeds, who got approval from the commissioners to plant the tree in front of the facility, said the gesture was an emotional one for those involved.

GHS Principal Jeremy Ross said that Assistant Principal Patti Sanderson picked out the tree, but the idea was made as a staff “collectively” as “an acknowledgement from school officials that you guys are in our thoughts and prayers.”

Ross added, “We don’t understand the magnitude of their loss, but we do feel for them. We haven’t forgotten, and we do appreciate everything they do for us here at the school.”

A plaque noting that it was given in McLean’s memory soon will be added, the sheriff said.

“It was definitely a nice gesture on their part so that the memory of Lance McLean will grow strong and last for years – just like the tree.”

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