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Slain deputy honored with street sign

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GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Thirteen years after he was killed in the line of duty, former Shelby County Sheriff Deputy Rupert Peete, Jr., was honored with a street sign.

The sheriff's Reserve Class 129 dedicated a section of Forest Hill-Irene Road near Highway 385 to the memory of Deputy Peete.

The section of road is in the Germantown City limits a half-mile south of the West Tennessee Veteran's Cemetery.

His family was on hand for Thursday's dedication.

Deputy Peete began his career with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office on April 1, 1997.

On March 8, 2000, he was on his way to an unrelated call when a passerby flagged him down warning him there was an armed man at a burning house on the 4200 block of Germantown Road.

Moments later, that armed man emerged from his burning home with a shotgun in hand, and turned it on Deputy Peete. The blast struck the 45-year-old deputy before he could exit his cruiser. Peete was pronounced dead at the scene. Also killed that day were firefighters William Blakemore and Javier Lerma.

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