Garden City raises money for children's funerals

By Lynda Figueredo - bioemail

GARDEN CITY, GA (WTOC) - Two Pembroke children who were killed in a crash will now have a proper burial after the community helps pay for their funerals.

"Thank you so much," said a Garden City police officer.

With their boots all in a row, the Garden City police and firefighters arrived early for a second day of collections.

"What are you collecting for?," said a driver. "The burial of those kids ma'am. We are trying to help with the burial," a police officer said.

These are the same men and women who responded to a tragic call last week, when 8-year-old Decorious Fabin and his 15-year-old sister Fierra were killed in a car accident on Highway 80 near Chatham Parkway.

"We were here to cut them out of the car and get them to the hospital," said Garden City Fire Chief James Crosby. "Now we are here to help give them a final resting place."

They had a goal in mind, raise $11,000 to help pay for their funerals, after the unexpected hit the family yet again.

"The person that was supposed to pay the funeral backed down, so us and the police department decided we were going to bury the kids," Crosby said.

The community also responded.

"I just have the coins in my ashtray," said a driver. "Every bit helps. Thanks so much," said an officer.

On Saturday, they raised more than $5,000, but the donations didn't stop dropping in.

"Tremendous support from community, "said Garden City Police Chief David Lyons. "Of course, this is what Garden City was built on, is volunteering and helping our neighbors."

As an American flag waved on the side of the road where the tragic accident took place; drivers yet again opened their wallets and their hearts and filled the boots to the tune of nearly $9,000.

About $5,000 in checks were also donated, which will cover the cost of the $11,000 funeral and much more.

"We could not be more proud of our community, police and fire department," Lyons said.

"Thank you so much. God bless you," said an officer to a driver.

Lyons said they received large donations from O.C. Welch, as well as a former soldier who is now contractor in Iraq. Two funeral homes in our area also offered to do the service free of charge, but arraignments were already under way.

The funeral will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. in Pembroke.

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