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Scotty McCreery meets Walworth County Sheriff deputy who holds song close to his heart

Posted at 5:19 PM, Jul 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-26 18:38:55-04

Music often triggers vivid memories of certain times or loved ones in our lives. A Walworth County Sheriff's Deputy got to meet a country music star who sings a song that has special meaning to him.

KTI Country's Karen Dalessandro spoke with Wayne Blanchard about that song "Five More Minutes" by Scotty McCreery.

"My grandmother ended up being admitted to the hospital," Blanchard said. "I said Grandma, just give us five more minutes. Just five more minutes."

He said he went to work and after the shift briefing and roll call he went out to his squad car to do a squad check. He turned on the car and on the radio was "Five More Minutes." Blanchard said he lost it.

In the final moments of his grandmother's life, Blanchard said, "I went up to her hand and I held her hand. For five minutes her pulse faded and at 4:00 a.m. she was gone."

Dalessandro asked McCreery about the song and how it has touched so many lives.

"Everybody kind of knows what it is to love and lose someone you love," said McCreery. "For me, I was thinking about my granddaddy when I wrote it."

Thursday afternoon, at WTMJ studios, McCreery performed before a crowd that included Blanchard and his girlfriend Angela.

Blanchard teared up as McCreery sang the song that reminded him of his grandma.

Once McCreery finished performing he met Blanchard and thanked him for his kind words about the song.

McCreery will headline the Washington County Fair tonight. Blanchard and his girlfriend have front row seats.