Matt Lasley | GC News-GazetteGrayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins, left, presents the Sheriff Ralph W. Haycraft Citation for Meritorious Service to special deputy Dave Colston in recognition of his more than 18 years of volunteer service.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins, left, presents the Sheriff Ralph W. Haycraft Citation for Meritorious Service to special deputy Dave Colston in recognition of his more than 18 years of volunteer service.

One of Grayson County's most respected special deputies was honored Friday with the first ever Sheriff Ralph W. Haycraft Citation for Meritorious Service.

Dave Colston has volunteered as a special deputy for over 18 years, and, in recognition of his service, for which he has "never asked for a penny," Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins said, the Grayson County Sheriff's Office created the aforementioned award.

Chaffins said that at the start of his time as Grayson County Sheriff, Colston asked what he could do to help the GCSO, and that support meant a great deal to him.

A certified diver, Colston has, on countless occasions, gone into the water to assist first responders, providing hundreds and hundreds of volunteer hours in service to his community and also helping to put hundreds of criminals behind bars, according to Chaffins.

Colston's award was named for Sheriff Ralph Haycraft, who was killed in the line of duty, to show that, much like Haycraft gave all in service of his community, so had Colston, Chaffins said.

"This award is long overdue with Dave," said Chaffins. "(His service) is one of those things you can't put a price on in this county."

Leitchfield Fire Chief Tim Duvall, who attended the award ceremony and has worked alongside Colston for years, said Colston is the bravest man he knows.

"You know I'll help anybody," said Colston, who accepted the award alongside his family and numerous Grayson County Sheriff's deputies.