The HCSO was contacted in early May by Kellie Abbott, who is the founder and president of blueforever.org.
Abbott has several family members in law enforcement including her mother, who works in communications, and her father, who is a retired deputy sheriff in Louisiana.
Following the death of a Louisiana deputy and family friend, Abbott helped found the nonprofit blueforever.org as a school project.
In 2010, a man decided to take the life of a police officer for unknown reasons. The suspect found the deputy at a gas station and shot him in the leg as the officer was protecting a citizen. Abbott believes the deputy’s life could have been saved if he had been equipped with one of the trauma kits she donated to the HCSO.
Following the death of that officer, Abbott decided to do something that might save the lives of other officers who find themselves in a similar situation.
Having since moved to this region to attend East Tennessee State University, Abbott continues to help officers.
During National Police Week last month, she donated 25 kits to the HCSO.
Each kit contains combat gauze, a tourniquet, breathing aid and bandage.
“When we asked Kellie why she picked the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office, she said it felt like the right place to donate,” said Sheriff Ronnie Lawson. “I am grateful Kellie chose my office. Kellie comes from a line of law enforcement, and she is a true believer of the Thin Blue Line. I hope these kits never need to be utilized, but we now have another tool when the event may rise to use to save the life of a citizen or one of our officers.”
Lawson encourages the public to visit blueforever.org online and help him express gratitude to Abbott for her generous donation.