Deceased Eastland County Deputy Kenneth Maltby was honored Sept. 11, 2017 by Texas Governor Greg Abbott. The Maltby family was presented with the 2017 Star of Texas Award.

This award honors those who died in the line of duty.

Eastland County Sheriff's Office released a statement saying:

"We lost our best investigator and he is truly someone who can never be replaced. The knowledge of his 42 years can't be shown by others. We have missed him a great deal. He was a jewel."

Maltby was killed in the line of duty in result of an automobile accident in September of 2016.