Lost Lawman Memorial honors McLean, others

November 23, 2013

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McLean and four other Texas sheriff’s deputies were honored Friday morning in Austin after giving their lives in the line of duty in recent months. Their names were added to the list of 494 others on the Lost Lawman Memorial Wall at the Sheriff’s Association of Texas Memorial and Training Center.

Two of the other deputies, Joshua S. Mitchell of Reagan County and Michael Ray Smith of Upton County, died in 2012. The other two, Billy F. Kennedy Jr. of Upton County and Chad Christian Key of Grayson County, died this year, in October and April, respectively.

Sheriff Roger Deeds attended the ceremony with other Hood County officials Captain Steve Smith, Lieutenant Randy Ellis and Sergeant Andy Honecker from the Sheriff’s Office plus Lieutenant Cliff Andrews and Sergeant Michael Holly from the Granbury Police Department.

Police officer Chad Davis was wounded in the same incident that took McLean’s life and recently returned to work in a “light duty” capacity. McLean’s wife, Katie, his mother and brother, all of Hico, also made the trip for the ceremony.

McLean previously was posthumously named as a recipient of the Star of Texas Award, which goes to Texas peace officers, firefighters and emergency medical first responders who were wounded or killed in the line of duty.

Smith said that Friday’s event was scheduled as a “full honor ceremony” plus a flag presentation and a 21-gun salute.

Deeds said Wednesday that he was looking forward to seeing McLean honored for his bravery during the June 28 incident, when he responded to a disturbance call in the Oak Trail Shores subdivision.

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