Major Garry Key

Photo of Major Garry Key
Last Call: Sat, Feb 13th, 2021
Date of Incident: Sat, Feb 13th, 2021
Cause of Death: Duty-Related Illness
Service Time: 47 years
Age: 70


His wife of 50 years, a son who is also a Zoneton firefighter, a daughter, six grandchildren, and a brother and sister


While serving as Acting Chief following the line-of-duty death of Chief Robert Orkies from COVID-19, Major Key also contracted the illness from presumed line-of-duty exposure. He succumbed after a month-long battle just two months after the death of Chief Orkies.

Major Keys spent over 50 years of his life in service to others. He spent over 29 years in the U.S. Army (including a tour in Vietnam), ten years as a reserve deputy with the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office, and 47 years with Zoneton Fire.


Zoneton Fire Protection District
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5328 North Preston Highway
Louisville, Kentucky 40165
(502) 955-8076
Chief Rob Orkies


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