WILCO – Last week, officials honored a Williamson County Sheriff’s Deputy killed in the line of duty with a ribbon cutting for a training facility bearing his name. The new Deputy A.W. Grimes Law Enforcement Training Center, located on Chandler Boulevard north of Hutto, was named after Deputy Sheriff Ahijah W. Grimes, a former Texas Ranger and Williamson County Sheriff’s Deputy.
Grimes was murdered in the line of duty on this day, July 19, back in 1878 in Round Rock by an outlaw who was not named. His great grandson Charles Grimes and Charles’ wife Angie attended the ceremony in his honor. Sheriff Robert Chody presented Charles and Angie with a framed photo of the building and a Sheriff’s Office coin.
“We are using today not as a day of mourning, but of honoring his memory. His sacrifice and service to his community will not be forgotten,” said Sheriff Chody. “We hope more lives will be saved because of the training done in this building.”
The 25,000 square foot facility was designed by Brinkley Sargent Wiginton Architects, and American Constructors was the construction manager-at-risk. The building cost was approximately $9.9 million, and the building was completed on time in 14 months. All rooms in the new training center are named after former Williamson County law enforcement officers who died while protecting and serving their community.
Special features of the facility include:
− Three classrooms for officer training
− Defensive tactics room
− Officer fitness room fully equipped with weight lifting and work out equipment
− Audio/Visual in classrooms for enhanced learning
− Fully furnished offices and common rooms
− Break room available with kitchenette facilities
− Overflow parking provided on west side of building
− Energy efficient lighting systems