Community rallies around Tallassee, Al. police officer after house fire


Posted by WSFA. By Rosanna Smith

TALLASSEE, AL (WSFA) – The city of Tallassee is stepping up in a major way to help a police officer and his family.

Mayor Johnny Hammock said Tallassee is a tight-knit community.

“A lot of people know everyone. We have all either gone to high school together or worked with each other at some point in our lives,” said Hammock.

When a Tallassee police officer, who has been with the department for more than eight years, lost everything in a house fire, Hammock posted the news to his Facebook page, and in no time residents started reaching out.

“I have been flooded with phone calls, emails, texts, Facebook private messages. They want to know what can we do and what does the family need,” said Hammock.

Hammock said the outpouring of support for the officer and his wife comes as they prepare to welcome their second child into the world next week.

“We have had people offer up a free house, free of charge, for them to stay in. I have also had people offer furniture,” said Hammock.

Moving quickly to help their family a donation drop off point has been set at the Tallassee Fire Department and Tallassee Recreation Department. Those donations are being accepted Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Right now they are asking for donations specifically for the baby.

“Right now he is just just asking for diapers, baby wipes, and new born clothes for a baby a boy they are expecting next week,” said Hammock. “It warms my heart to see that people really do care when one of their own suffers a tragedy like this.”