Benefit barbecue for Polk County Police Detective Kristen Hearne’s family set for Oct. 21 from noon until 4 p.m. at the Polk County Police Department. A barbecue plate is $8 per person. All proceeds will go to a trust fund set up for the Hearnes’ 3-year-old son, Isaac. You can purchase a ticket at the following places:
Polk County Police Department
Cedartown Police Department
Aragon Police Department
City of Rockmart – Jada Campbell Edwards
Polk County Sheriff’s Office
Public Safety – Kattie Trammell
Allstar Motors in Rockmart or through April Sosebee, Beth White and Richelle Barber Dodd
The following story is from WRGA 98.7 FM based on our interview on Hometown Headlines Radio Edition Thursday morning with Floyd County Sheriff Tim Burkhalter and Chief Deputy Tom Caldwell.
In the days since the shooting death of Polk County Police Detective Kristen Hearne and Officer David Goodrich, we have learned more about what happened immediately following the incident.
Floyd County police and the sheriff’s office responded to the scene to offer mutual aid in the manhunt for the suspect Seth Brandon Spangler.
Chief Deputy Tom Caldwell said when they were headed to Polk County, the focus was on making sure everyone else is safe because the suspect was not yet in custody. “It’s an ambush situation and you don’t know until you have that guy in custody,” he said. “We were preparing to go out into the woods and look for the guy, who has already shot two officers. That’s heavy on your mind and that is what you are focused on first.”
Caldwell said after the suspect was in custody, the focus shifted to the needs of the families of the officers and the Polk County Police Department as an agency.
“We are very close to them, we’re neighboring counties and a lot of our friends work there,” he added. “We are worried about making sure they are okay and have what they need.”
Sheriff Tim Burkhalter said he was heartened by the outpouring of support from the hundreds who lined the funeral procession route to pay their respects.
“Just when we feel like we are down at the lowest point you can be, it gave me hope,” he said. “Poor people, rich people, and even people I’ve seen in jail before were out there saluting and waving flags, showing support for us. It made me feel a whole lot better.”
Hearne worked for the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office before joining the Polk County Police Department. The sheriff said they had spoken with Hearne recently about the possibility of coming back to Floyd County.
Burkhalter added that his office will be working with Polk County law enforcement to set up a trust fund for Hearne’s 3-year old son Isaac. (We’ll have additional details on this later Thursday).