KEYSER - The local law enforcement and rescue community has been in shock since late Monday evening when word began circulating about the untimely death of Mineral County Deputy Jeremy Franks.

By Liz Beavers

lbeavers@newstribune.info

Tribune Managing Editor

KEYSER - The local law enforcement and rescue community has been in shock since late Monday evening when word began circulating about the untimely death of Mineral County Deputy Jeremy Franks.

Franks, who had served as a deputy in Mineral County since 2014, died at his home in Grant County.

Tributes to the officer quickly began piling up on Facebook, with friends and aqcuantances of the officer praising his dedication to the job and kindness and compassion for those with whom he worked.

Franks was a “home grown” public servant, having been a 2004 graduate of Keyser High School, where he lettered in football.

In 2014, when Keyser High celebrated its 100th anniversary of the Golden Tornado football program, Franks was named to the KHS All-Century Football Team.

He went on to attend Waynesburg University in Pennsylvania, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, and successfully graduated from the West Virginia State Police Academy.

The Keyser High Alumni Football Association, along with his fellow officers in the sheriff’s department, have already put the wheels in motion to remember the deputy with a Jeremy Franks Memorial on Saturday, Feb. 10, beginning at 8 p.m. at Hoover’s Bar & Grill.

The combination memorial/benefit will help raise funds to be used toward funeral expenses for the young father of two.

Information on the event can be found on Facebook.