Fitzgerald family presented with check from Memorial 5k

By Gary Scott on October 7, 2016 at 5:30am

Amidst a busy night at South Jacksonville Village Hall, the family of fallen officer Scot Fitzgerald was presented with a check from the inaugural 5K Memorial.

In front of a packed Village Hall, Mayor Steve Waltrip presented the check for $4,370 to Fitzgerald’s widow Dani Fitzgerald.

South Jacksonville Police Chief Josh Hallock was among those in the crowd. Hallock offers his thoughts on what the Fitzgeralds mean to the Police Department and the Village.

“Every  time we get together to do this it’s a bittersweet thing. We’re very proud to be able to take care of the Fitzgerald family the best we can. Nothing will fill that hole in the police department, nothing will fill that hole in the family’s heart, but we are doing the best we can with what we know how to do. It does help everybody I think, we have a good relationship with the Fitzgerald family and I’m sure any time they need anything they can just let us all know,” says Hallock.

Hallock expressed appreciation for everyone that came out to show support.

“It’s a very good feeling to know that everyone can come together on a common basis. Unfortunately, sometimes it takes a tragedy like that to get everyone down to that common denominator, but when it does happen, it feels good to see everyone come together,” Hallock says.

Other action from the meeting included the approval of audio and IT expenditures to the board room, repairing a lift station pump and the establishment of Love’s Drive.

An item which did not pass was an ordinance granting a special use permit for a new video gaming parlor, which was denied by a vote of 4-2.