Local Deputy US Marshal loses battle to cancer

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LINCOLN, Nebraska – A Deputy U.S. Marshal with the District of Nebraska has passed after a 15-month battle with cancer.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Paul Keyes, 41, passed away Feb. 12 at home.

Keyes began his U.S. Marshals Service career in 2003 in the District of Minnesota.

He was promoted to Supervisor in the District of South Dakota in 2012 and transferred to the District of Nebraska in 2014.

Keyes also served in the U.S. Army and Air Force Reserves.

While in Nebraska he was a Team Leader on the Metro Fugitive Task Force and specialized in Threat Management Cases and Protective Operations.

Keyes was a previous winner of the U.S. Marshals Forsyth award for bravery in regards to a shooting incident he was involved with in South Dakota.

Keyes is survived by his mother, brothers, his four children and his dog Molly.

Visitation Services and Memorial for Keyes will be provided by Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home and will be held at 3 p.m., February 20 at the IBEW Union Hall at 1409 Old Farm Road, Lincoln, NE 68512.

A private Memorial Service will be held in New York at a later date.

The Metro Fugitive Task Force is made up of law enforcement officers from the U.S. Marshals, FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Nebraska State Patrol, Omaha Police Department, Lincoln Police Department, LaVista Police Department, Bellevue Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Lancaster County Sherriff’s Office, Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, Saunders County Sheriff’s Office, Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office, Saline County Sheriff’s Office, Gage County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Sheriff’s office and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.