HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) – More than 50 people, including Hartselle Mayor Randy Garrison, attended the vigil in support of one of their own, Officer Lynn Dean. It’s been a week since Dean was hospitalized after fracturing his skull while patrolling an area where a church was recently robbed. Hartselle Police Chief Justin Barley says the vigil is just one way the community is supporting one of their own.
“We have been working on ways to achieve this because we absolutely need to support Sergeant Dean during his recovery,” says Chief Barley. “We appreciate everyone so willing and willing to do this.”
The wake began with Chief Barley thanking everyone for coming. Officer Dean’s family then led the crowd in song and prayer. Chief Barley also updated the crowd on Officer Dean’s condition.
“He was actually able to move into a rehab center this afternoon, so he settled in there, but we’re very encouraged by that,” he said. “It’s definitely a positive thing that he’s been able to transition from the hospital to that setting and knowing that they’re going to work on getting strength and stuff and getting him home to recover.”
Dean’s sister, Penny Bowen had nothing but kind words for the Hartselle community who showed their support at the vigil.
“It is simply overwhelming to see the support for my brother in the town of Hartselle from all officers and citizens. And I just want to thank everyone on behalf of my brother and our family for coming and supporting him in the community he loves with all his heart.
To donate to Officer Dean’s GoFundMe campaign, you can follow the link to the page here.
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