Funeral home donates police vest

Heritage Funeral Home of Fort Oglethorpe made a donation to the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department on Wednesday afternoon, May 31, by equipping one of the agency's newest officers with a bulletproof vest. From left: Fort Oglethorpe Police Chief Mike Helton, Officer Micah Alexander, Heritage Funeral Home Director/Managing Partner Ben Fribery, and Police Capt. Gary McConathy. (Catoosa News photo/Adam Cook)

Heritage Funeral Home of Fort Oglethorpe helped out the boys in blue in a big way on Wednesday afternoon, May 31, by donating a bulletproof vest to one of the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department's newest officers.

According to Capt. Gary McConathy, this is the third year that Heritage has offered to equip a new officer with a needed vest.

"Heritage has been really good to us," McConathy said. "They have a standing offer to donate one vest per year to us, and we really appreciate this great donation."

This year's vest recipient is the newly hired 21-year-old Micah Alexander.

Heritage Funeral Home Director and Managing Partner Ben Fribery says he and the funeral home are happy to help get the city's officers some of the equipment they need.

"It’s a way for us to help protect the people that protect us on a daily basis,” Fribery said. “We’re really happy that we’re able to make this donation and give back.”

The donation saves the police department an equipment cost of $565.

"We just want them to know how much we appreciate them at the funeral home," McConathy added. "They do a lot in our community, and people just don't realize it."

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at

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