Do­na­tions grow­ing for Hearne trust fund

More ef­forts are un­der­way to con­tinue rais­ing money as up­ward of $52,000 has been given so far.

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Kevin Myrick SJ Edi­tor

Of­fi­cials at Chero­kee El­e­men­tary School were the lat­est to add to the grow­ing tally of funds for Isaac Hearne, the son of Polk County Po­lice Det. Kris­ten Hearne killed in the line of duty at the end of Septem­ber.

The school added $1,164 to the over­all amount of money raised so far for the three-year-old, which has grown with checks from a va­ri­ety of sources ac­cord­ing to Po­lice Chief Kenny Dodd.

So far, the com­mu­nity has raised around $ 52,000 with more to come, Dodd said.

“Our orig­i­nal goal was $25,000, which we reached just from do­na­tions from cit­i­zens and Go­ I re­ceived a check from an anony­mous Florida donor for $25,000 last week as well,” Dodd said. “There’s been do­na­tions from cit­i­zens, the t-shirt sales and the bar­be­cue sales.”

The out­pour­ing of sup­port for Hearne has come as a great sur­prise for Dodd, who is thank­ful for every­one who has taken part.

“Our goal all along was to help Isaac, to make sure that he’s taken care of in the fu­ture when he gets out of high school. We’re just hum­bled by the whole thing, and ap­pre­cia­tive of every­one who has so gen­er­ously do­nated money to this cause,” Dodd said.

He said that as the funds con­tinue to grow, mea­sures are be­ing taken to en­sure that it con­tin­ues to grow un­til Isaac turns 18. Dodd said lo­cal at­tor­ney Wright Gam­mon is mak­ing the ar­range­ments with­out any charge.

Ad­di­tion­ally, a com­pany that man­ages trust funds will even­tu­ally take over and in­vest the money so it can con­tinue to grow.

Dodd said plans are also be­ing put in place for fundrais­ers to be held over the years. He also added that those in­ter­ested in pur­chas­ing t-shirts honor­ing Hearne can still do so through the Polk County Po­lice Depart­ment.

An­other raf­fle ef­fort is un­der­way as well to help pro­vide ad­di­tional funds for Isaac as well, with the Polk County Sher­iff’s Of­fice lead­ing the way.

Sher­iff Johnny Moats said a friend of his in the Rock­mart area do­nated a signed and framed Deion San­ders Dal­las Cow­boys jer­sey - in­clud­ing pho­tos of “Prime­time” on the field and au­then­tic­ity cer­tifi­cates.

Moats said the raf­fle is tak­ing place at the Polk County Sher­iff’s Of­fice on Dec. 16, and the win­ner will get the jer­sey, worth around $1,800. He said that Parker Print­ing pro­vided the raf­fle tick­ets for free.

“We’re hop­ing to raise some­where around $10,000 for Isaac,” Moats said. “All the money will go to the trust fund.”

Tick­ets are $10 each, 5 for $45 and 10 for $90, and can be pur­chased from a Polk County Sher­iff’s deputy in the com­mu­nity or by call­ing Kyle Pinkard with the Sher­iff’s Of­fice at 770-546-6699 or the of­fice it­self at 770-749-2931.

Ad­di­tional busi­nesses are also sell­ing tick­ets, in­clud­ing Al­ls­tar Mo­tors, McNabb Tire, Haney Pow­er­sports, Day’s Chevro­let in Rock­mart, the Pauld­ing County Sher­iff’s Of­fice and the Hi­ram Po­lice Depart­ment, among oth­ers.

Do you have a do­na­tion you’re mak­ing to Isaac Hearne? Is your or­ga­ni­za­tion work­ing on a fundraiser for the trust fund? Let us know at the Stan­dard Journal by call­ing 770-748-1520 or email

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