Lt. Charles Stastny, 58, of Kaufman passed from this life on Oct. 2, 2012. He was born on Oct. 27, 1953 to Steve J. Stastny Jr. and Evelyn Francis Stastny in Kaufman.
Charles graduated from Kaufman High School in 1972 and then attended the Police Academy. He dedicated his life to law enforcement, faithfully serving the citizens of Kaufman County for over 25 years. He led by example and was a model deputy, mentor, role model and instructor to other deputies. Charles excelled at the sheriff's office and was promoted to sergeant and then later to lieutenant. He earned his Master Peace Officer's license, served on the SWAT team, was awarded multiple commendations and was even honored as Kaufman County's Deputy of the Year in 1997-1998.