Group raising money to create legacy fund for Perry Hodge

Pulaski County Hearts Behind the Badge is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support to local law enforcement officers and their families.

Boasting nearly 600 followers of its Facebook page, the organization has announced the launching of a fundraising effort to create a legacy fund in memory of Pulaski County Deputy Perry Hodge who was killed Jan. 14 in a traffic accident on Route 11 near Dublin.

With the money raised for the fund, the organization wants to do something they know Hodge would have been pleased with.

“Our immediate goal is to work with the New River Criminal Justice Academy to help send a cadet through the academy in July. Perry was an instructor in multiple areas there, and we all agree he would love this,” stated Tammy Holbrook, president of the organization.

“Our stretch goal is to have something in place so we can fund something in Perry’s name for years to come. We have already received some donations and have others waiting. We are planning some upcoming fundraising events,” Holbrook said, adding that the cost to send an officer through the academy is $5,500.

Holbrook said the group would be selling decals for a fundraiser  as well as donating some of the proceeds from the group’s 3rd annual golf tournament at Thornspring Golf Course on August 14th.

“There is also a marathon coming up, but we don’t have details finalized on that yet,” she said.

Holbrook offered a “huge thank you” to all who have supported Pulaski County Hearts Behind The Badge as they continue to support law enforcement officers and their families.

If you’d like to help with the legacy fund for Deputy Hodge, you can send your donations to: Pulaski County Hearts Behind The Badge, P.O. Box 45, Dublin, VA 24084.

Pulaski County Hearts Behind the Badge also still has 2021 Deputy Calendars available for purchase. The calendar features 24 of your favorite Pulaski County Deputies and more. All money raised by the non-profit group’s sale of the calendars goes directly to support law enforcement in the county and their families. The cost of a calendar is $15.

By MIKE WILLIAMS, The Patriot