Donations being made to help injured Heflin officer
by Rachael Griffin
rgriffin@annistonstar.com
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Jackie Stovall
Jackie Stovall
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Family, friends and colleagues of injured Heflin Police Officer Jackie Stovall are coming to his aid while he takes time to recover.

Stovall was shot Dec. 15 while in pursuit of gunman Romero Roberto Moya. Moya fled from police in Heflin and crashed his vehicle in Oxford. After the crash, Moya open fired on officers and Stovall was shot in the groin. Alabama State Troopers rushed to help and were able to keep Stovall from bleeding out at the scene. He was taken to Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Dennis Green, Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office investigator, said Stovall is still recovering at RMC and he’s progressed to sitting up in a chair.

Green said he isn’t sure how long Stovall will be unable to work.

“That’s hard for anybody to predict,” Green said.

The local Fraternal Order of Police set up a bank account for donations to be made to help the Stovall family, Green said. Donations for Stovall can be made at any of the four Small Town Bank branches, Scotty Wilson, branch manager said. Wilson was unable to say how many donations have been made.

“We try to take care of our own. Everybody is concerned … we’re close knit and everybody is just like a family,” Green said.

Attempts to reach the Heflin Police Department were unsuccessful.

Calhoun County Sheriff Larry Amerson said it can be a difficult financial situation for the families of injured officers.

“If you’ve got a long recovery time it’s going to have a pretty serious impact on your ability to maintain what you’ve got,” Amerson said.

Amerson said funds are set aside for families of officers that are killed in the line of duty, but an injured officer receives workers compensation, which does not equal the officer’s full salary.

“It’s very difficult for them to keep their family going,” Amerson said.

Christy Spears, a close family friend of Stovall’s, is organizing a softball tournament to raise money for the family.

The tournament will be held at the Oxford Lake Softball Complex on Dec. 29 at 8 a.m. The entry fee is $175 per team, and Spears said “every penny raised will go to Jackie.” Interested teams must sign up before noon on Dec. 26.

Spears can be reached at 256-676-0350 or through the Prayers for Officer Stovall Facebook page.

Staff Writer Rachael Griffin: 256-235-3562. On Twitter @RGriffin_Star.

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