Blood drive held over week­end at PCPD hon­or­ing Hearne

The Standard Journal - - POLICE & FIRE - By Kevin Myrick [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­

Lo­cal res­i­dents didn’t just have a chance to re­mem­ber fallen Polk County Po­lice De­tec­tive Kris­ten Hearne over the week­end, they also got a chance to honor her mem­ory by giv­ing back.

All it took was hook­ing up an IV and donating a unit of blood on Satur­day morn­ing as re­minder of Hearne’s legacy as both a po­lice of­fi­cer and a com­mu­nity ser­vant.

Polk County Po­lice Of­fi­cer Andy An­der­son or­ga­nized the drive in hopes that as ev­ery­one con­tin­ues to try and cope with Hearne’s loss, that some­thing pos­i­tive comes from the tragic cir­cum­stances that saw dozens of peo­ple take part.

“I think this is a good way to re­mem­ber her on this tragic day,” he said. “We’re here show­ing our sup­port for her and her fam­ily, for the po­lice depart­ment and the com­mu­nity and be able to give back and do some­thing good on such a bad day.”

He part­nered with Blood As­sur­ance, the Cedar­town Fire Depart­ment and the Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources to come out and give peo­ple not just the op­por­tu­nity to do­nate a pint to help those who need trans­fu­sions, but also to con­nect lo­cal first re­spon­ders and the com­mu­nity.

In­cluded in that was a land­ing early Satur­day morn­ing as the blood drive got un­der­way of a Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources he­li­copter for lo­cal youth to look in­side dur­ing the event that stretched through the af­ter­noon.

Donors also re­ceived a t-shirt for giv­ing along with door prizes.

An­der­son said the sup­port the com­mu­nity showed in their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the week­end event re­flected the same feel­ing fel­low first re­spon­ders have for each other.

“We’re a big fam­ily,” he said. “We help each other and in the long run it ben­e­fits the cit­i­zens of the county. We’re all broth­ers and sis­ters no mat­ter what uni­form you wear.”

/ Kevin Myrick

Lo­cal res­i­dents waited on Satur­day morn­ing, Sept. 29 for of­fi­cials to call them to chairs to do­nate blood at the Polk County Po­lice Depart­ment dur­ing a drive held with Blood As­sur­ance in mem­ory of Det. Kris­ten Hearne.

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