HUTTO, TX – MAY 19, 2016 – A private ceremony to honor fallen Detective Sergeant Chris Kelley of the Hutto Police Department, Texas is being held during National Police Week, which takes place on
May 15th – 21st.
The event is part of the company’s first-ever, Telmate Fallen Heroes Week. Kelley is one of five fallen officers being honored by Telmate, from five regions of the U.S. during the weeklong memorial. Telmate representatives will join in the ceremony and donate a Fallen Heroes award and donation to Kelley’s wife and two children, who are remembering him at this time for his service to others and humble approach to life.
“He was very good at what he did — as a father, husband, officer, and detective,” said his wife, Michele Kelley. “He never took credit, but instead gave credit to everyone else because he was a selfless person and didn’t want the limelight.”
On June 24, 2015, Kelley fell victim to vehicular assault while attempting to apprehend a subject who had just stolen his patrol car. The two struggled before the assailant broke free, entered the patrol car, and struck Sergeant Kelley as he drove away. He was quickly apprehended by another officer. Kelley was taken to Seton Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.
Kelley is remembered as a hero who dedicated his 38 years to serving others. At age 18, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served for eight years. He went on to join the Hutto Police Department and climbed the ranks to Detective Sergeant where he served for just ten months.
Michele explained that being a hero means: “Laying yourself on the line in an effort to save others … police officers do that every day and don’t get credit for it.”
The Telmate Fallen Heroes Program is part of the company’s community outreach program called Telmate Cares. Every month, nominees are presented to a committee and one individual or organization is selected to receive a scholarship/donation to support families of fallen officers or organizations selected by those families.
For more information about Telmate’s Fallen Heroes program visit telmate.com/fallen-heroes.
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