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MSP Lieutenant's father honored in surprise ceremony

MSP Lieutenant's father honored in surprise ceremony

A Michigan State Police Post Commander got a special surprise Wednesday.

The father he never had the chance to know, was honored for making the ultimate sacrifice during his time fighting in the Vietnam War.

When First Lieutenant Frank Keck got to work Wednesday, he thought he was arriving for a post meeting.

Little did he know that the meeting was to honor his father.

"To have those people here and honoring my dad, is pretty touching," Keck said.

Keck's father, Private First Class Frank Keck, served with the Army and died in 1969.

Keck was just a baby when his father died.

"For these families that lose loved ones, their feeling is that they're hoping that their loved one didn't die for nothing, that there's somebody who appreciates their sacrifice," said Keck.

Keck says he saw that Wednesday as he looked out at the room full of people who came to pay tribute to his dad.

"It is because of people that put their lives on the line like Private First Class Frank Keck that we are still free today," said Ray Franz, a retired member of the Michigan House of Representatives. "He paid the price and his family sacrificed all so we could still live free with liberty and a way of life that we all enjoy."

"Your father's legacy will live on and his service is going on through you," said Calvin Murphy, Post Commander of the Kaleva VFW.

It's a legacy that Keck hopes to carry in his career for his dad and many other relatives who fought and sacrificed for our freedom.

"it was always my goal to go into the military even with the sacrifice my dad made. I promised my grandmother I wouldn't go into the service so instead I joined the Michigan State Police. He died for a reason, he died for a cause."

The Honor and Remember Presentation was made possible by SpartanNash.

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