Family, friends and fellow law enforcement officers are preparing to lay to rest Detective Kristen Hearne, age 29, who was gunned down in the line of service on Friday in Polk County.
Condolences are flooding the guest book accompanying her obituary, posted by Lester C. Litesey Funeral in Cedartown. As of 8:15 a.m. Sunday, notes to the family and police department stretched for 14 pages. Some are from as far away as Las Vegas or New England; others are from police agencies throughout the state of Georgia.
A writer from Los Angeles joins in the mourning and notes that Saturday was the third anniversary of another officer’s passing in that state. And while some are leaving short narratives about their friendships and experiences with Hearne, others other “prayers” or “RIH” (rest in heaven).
A sample of those comments appear below. For more, please click guest book
The Polk County Police Department issued this statement late Saturday: “The Polk County Police Department and our community were struck with tragedy on Friday September 29, 2017 when one of our finest, Detective Kristen Hearne, was shot and killed while on a call for service on Santa Clause Mountain road in Cedartown. Kristen was a true professional who loved her job and it was reflected by her work ethic and compassion she showed every day. She will be missed. Please pray for our agency, the Hearne family and Officer David Goodrich who was also shot during this tragedy but is recovering. They both are heroes.”
Hearne was a five-year veteran of the Polk County police force. Prior to her work in Polk, she served as a deputy sheriff with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office from 2008-2012. Floyd Sheriff Tim Burkhalter says his department mourns with the Polk community.
“She was a good officer with us. We hated to see her leave and begged her to stay,” says Burkhalter. “She was lovable, friendly and outgoing person. Lots of our folks worked with her and are devastated by it. She is really going to be missed.”
WSB-TV report includes interview with Hearne’s husband, Matt, as well as comments from Goodrich’s wife who says the injured officer is recovering but dealing with “survivor’s guilt.” Goodrich performed CPR on Hearne until EMS arrived on scene after the shooting.
Her complete obituary from Litsey Funeral Home, Cedartown:
Detective Kristen Hearne, age 29, of Cedartown, Georgia passed away suddenly on Friday, September 29, 2017, while serving in the line of duty.
Kristen was born on November 15, 1987 in Rome, Georgia. She was a member of the Wimberley Hill Baptist Church and had been attending Worldview Baptist Church. Kristen was preceded in death by her grandparents, Rev. Bobby Tinney and Liffie Tinney and Aileen Brewer.
Detective Kristen Hearne started her career in law enforcement with the Floyd County Sheriffs Department in 2008 as a Deputy Sheriff. In July 2012 she began working for the Polk County Police Department as a Patrolman. In 2013 she was promoted to the rank of Detective and was assigned to the Criminal Investigation’s Division of the Polk County Police Department.
Detective Kristen Hearne is survived by her husband, Matt Hearne; her son, Isaac Hearne; mother and father, Patricia Tinney Brewer and Ron Brewer; brothers, Joseph Montgomery, Patrick Snead, Michael Snead and Matt Brewer; grandfather, Rev. James Brewer; father and mother in law, Rev. Chris and Marie Hearne and a number of nieces and nephews. A number of aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.
The family of Detective Kristen Hearne will receive friends on Monday, October 2, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Victory Baptist Church.
The Funeral for Detective Kristen Hearne will be conducted on Tuesday afternoon, October 3, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. from the Victory Baptist Church with Cedartown Police Chief Jamie Newsome and Polk County Police Chief Kenny Dodd officiating. Interment will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery with Rev. Doyle Kelley officiating.
The Floyd County Law Enforcement Honor Guard will be serving as Pallbearers. Members of the Polk County Police Department and any and all other law enforcement officials will serve as Honorary Pallbearers.
For personal condolences and to sign the online guest book, please visit our website at www.liteseyfh.com. The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Detective Kristen Hearne, of the Polk County Police Department.