De­vo­tion to duty, fam­ily de­fined de­tec­tive Hearne

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By Kevin Myrick

Flags went to half staff last week as the en­tire com­mu­nity mourns the loss of a hero who died do­ing a job she loved.

The com­mu­nity laid this hero to rest dur­ing fu­neral ser­vices held af­ter press time on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at Vic­tory Bap­tist Church, where those who knew and loved Polk County Po­lice De­tec­tive Kris­ten Hearne were set to gather to cel­e­brate her life and lay her to rest.

Hearne, a five year vet­eran of the Polk County Po­lice De­part­ment, started a ca­reer in the de­part­ment that her hus­band, Lt. Matt Hearne of the Aragon Po­lice De­part­ment, said she was as de­voted to as her son Isaac.

“I be­lieve she died do­ing what she loved to do, and she was try­ing to make the world a bet­ter place for our son,” Hearne said.

He added that his wife would have ap­pre­ci­ated the out­pour­ing of sup­port that the fam­ily has re­ceived fol­low­ing her tragic death on Friday morn­ing, Sept. 29.

“She loved her com­mu­nity, and loved be­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer of this com­mu­nity,” he said. “She got up ev­ery morn­ing and did the job with pride.”

Polk County Po­lice Chief Kenny Dodd spoke for his de­part­ment when he said that Hearne was the kind of per­son who “lit up the any room that she en­tered.”

The de­part­ment was in mourn­ing over the week­end and were helped out by of­fi­cers from around the area at Hearne’s death.

On Friday night as well wish­ers went onto so­cial me­dia with an out­pour­ing of memo­ri­als, the pre-game rit­u­als at the Cedar­town High School foot­ball game in­cluded re­mem­brances for Hearne. The sta­dium held a mo­ment of si­lence was held and taps played to cel­e­brate Hearne’s life, along with a trib­ute from the team who car­ried out an Amer­i­can flag styled in gray and blue to honor fallen law en­force­ment of­fi­cers.

Hearne was born in Rome i n Novem­ber 1987 to Pa­tri­cia and Ron Brewer. She is also sur­vived by four broth­ers, Joseph Mont­gomery, Pa­trick Snead, Michael Snead and Matt Brewer.

The 29-year-old de­tec­tive be­gan her law en­force­ment ca­reer as a deputy with the Floyd County Sher­iff’s of­fice in 2008, and later joined the Polk County Po­lice first as a pa­trol of­fi­cer in 2012, then was pro­moted to de­tec­tive in 2013.

“She was a very de­voted mother to our son,” Hearne’s hus­band Matt said. “She died a hero.”

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