HUTTO, Texas (KXAN) — Duty, honor, valor, courage, strength. All of those words were uttered by the chief of police in Hutto on Friday in remembrance of Sgt. Chris Kelley, who was killed in the line of duty last summer.
On Friday, the Hutto Police Department held a memorial ceremony for fallen officers as part of Police Week. While the department has held the memorial ceremony every year, this year’s ceremony hits home with the loss of Kelley.
“On June 24, 2015, Police Memorial Week took on a whole new meaning for us in Hutto,” says Hutto Chief of Police Earl Morrison. “That day we lost our friend, our coworker, our family member.”
Last week, Chief Morrison was in Washington D.C. to see Kelley’s name added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
“I have no words to make the grief or pain of that loss go away. I have no explanation as to why it was necessary for each of these officers to be taken away from us so soon,” says Morrison.
Kelley’s wife of 14 years, Michele Kelley, was on hand to receive a plaque in her husband’s honor as well as to see the unveiling of the street sign honoring him. The city says Chris Kelley Boulevard will be placed along Farm to Market 685.
The man accused of running over and killing Kelley, Colby Ray Williamson, is scheduled to face a jury trial in August.