Moultrie police are rallying around a fellow officer whose daughter was born with a rare heart condition that will require surgery.
Since learning of Isabella Cruse’s health condition, the Moultrie Police Department has gone into action by organizing a raffle to benefit the Cruse family. Isabella is the daughter of Off. Joshua Cruse, who recently joined the department.
Isabella, who was 3 weeks old this week, was born with a hole in her heart. Doctors want to make a temporary fix that will allow her to gain weight so that she will be able to withstand the larger operation.
“We’re a big family, and we wanted to help out as much as we could,” said police Cpl. Rocky Hancock, who helped organize the effort. “We’re all pulling together at the police department and doing everything we can to help him. We came up with the idea of a gun raffle.”
The department is raffling off a Beretta A400 Xplor 20-gauge shotgun. The winning ticket will be drawn on Valentine’s Day, with ticket sales and donations accepted through Feb. 12.
American Pawn donated the shotgun, Hancock said, with Clements Printing Service helping with the raffle tickets.
Through Thursday officers had raised more than $2,000. The $5 tickets can be purchased at the police department and American Pawn, 1235 First Ave. S.E.
“They can also contact the PD and we can bring tickets to your location,” Hancock said. “All the help we get is greatly appreciated.”
Those who do not wish to participate in the raffle can make a donation at the police department, and civic organizations can donate with a check written to the Moultrie Police Department.