A capacity crowd estimated at about 3,500 people – including law enforcement officers, medical personnel, friends and family – attended the memorial service this morning at Tiger Stadium in Hico to honor Sergeant Lance McLean, the Hood County Sheriff’s Office deputy who died Saturday at age 38 from a gunshot wound suffered in the Oak Trail Shores subdivision. Attendees appeared to be emotionally moved as Sheriff Roger Deeds gave the “Final Call Protocol” – calling out “One-twenty-nine, this is Hood County 100″ three times. Dispatcher Brandy Smith, wife of Lieutenant Steve Smith who was one of McLean’s best friends, answered Deeds’ call with, “One-twenty-nine is 10-42. We have it from here.’ ” The dispatch code 10-42 means “off tour of duty.” McLean was laid to rest in the Duffau Cemetery, about seven miles north of Hico.
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