ROCKWALL (CBSDFW.COM) – The North Texas Patriot Guard Riders, who provide motorcycle escorts for fallen soldiers, lost a fellow rider over the weekend.
Gordon Keahey was killed with a friend in a two car collision in Rockwall Saturday. Keahey, who was known as “Tex” was also known as a true patriot himself. “I really look up to him. He’s the best role model I know,” his 20-year-old son Justin Keahey said.
Gordon Keahey was a North Texas Patriot Guard Rider and so much more.
He was a father to Justin and an 18-year-old daughter, Karlie. “He was an awesome dad and an awesome person,” Karlie said.
But during his 47 years, Gordon Keahey had also been a paramedic, a volunteer firefighter and an emergency medical responder to 9-11 and Hurricane Katrinia.
“That’s really what he lived for, is to help people I believe,” said Justin Keahey.
Gordon Keahey would’ve have been a soldier too. But he couldn’t. “When he was a kid, he dropped a shotgun and it went off and it messed his hand up,” Justin Keahey said.
Instead, Gordon Keahey chose to honor those who did serve.
Mike Lambert, the North Texas Patriot Guard Assistant State Captain, said, “It wasn’t just lip service when he talked about honor and respect. He was one of those people that stood out in the sun and stood the flag line and was there.”
But Gordon Keahey had also lost a job. “So, for the last six months, he’s been doing rides for the Patriot Guards, like, every single one he can,” Justin Keahey said.
Gordon Keahey was supposed to start his new job Monday morning.
Now, Justin and Karlee only have reminders of their father, who was not only a Patriot Guard Rider, but a patriot himself. “I would say he’s what a true American man is and I’ll always remember him and love him,” Justin Keahey said.
The Keahey family is in the process of making the funeral arrangements.