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Putting Faith into Action

BY LEANN DILBECK –

As the nation watched the Dallas police shootings unfold, one local south Polk County teen went into action to raise money for the families of the fallen officers. Taylor Fortner, a 16-year old junior at Cossatot River High School, and also a police officer’s daughter, knew she had to do something to help. “I just felt like I needed to do something,” said Taylor. “So I prayed about it and I talked to my mom and a youth leader at church, and they said, if this is something I felt led to do, then do it.”  Taylor held a yard/bake sale on July 23 and then traveled to Dallas in person, Monday, August 1, to present a $1,200 check to Dallas Police Officer Steve Myers of the Dallas Police Association.  Polk County Sheriff-Elect Scott Sawyer has also reported that the local community continues to rally around the local law enforcement, “I am very thankful that I live in a community that supports their public servants. We have been inundated with cakes, cookies, cupcakes, etc … recently from citizens showing their support.”

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