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Community shows its support: Residents of Fortville and friends and well-wishers of Fortville Police officer Matt Fox gathered at Memorial Park Thursday to show their support for Fox as he makes his recovery. Many signed a giant get-well card. (Joe Hornaday/Daily Reporter)
Community shows its support: Residents of Fortville and friends and well-wishers of Fortville Police officer Matt Fox gathered at Memorial Park Thursday to show their support for Fox as he makes his recovery. Many signed a giant get-well card. (Joe Hornaday/Daily Reporter)

Many folks signed a giant get-well card for Fox. (Joe Hornaday/Daily Reporter)
Many folks signed a giant get-well card for Fox. (Joe Hornaday/Daily Reporter)


FORTVILLE — As Fortville police officer Matt Fox continued his rehabilitation after being shot in the line of duty, community members rallied at Memorial Park Thursday to show their support.

“I think it’s great; the community all pulling together for Matt,” Town Marshal Mark Lyons said. “It’s a good chance for the community to come together.”

Fox, 30, was shot several times July 27 during a traffic stop in Lawrence. He is expected to make a full recovery but has weeks of rehabilitation ahead. His assailant, James Lockhart III, 27, of Indianapolis, was later killed after exchanging gunfire with police.

Attendees to Thursday’s event, which was organized by Fortville Action Inc., posed together for a photo, holding a get-well sign for Fox. Visitors also signed a card and made donations to Fox to help him as he recovers.

Law enforcement officials were moved by the event.

“I think it’s neat how the town comes together,” said Sheriff Mike Shepherd, who is from Fortville and once served as the town’s police chief. “People might complain about officers, but when it comes down to it, people can come together.”

Friend and fellow Fortville officer Sgt. Mike Fuller was appreciative of the town’s support, and the Fortville police officers have all visited Fox during his recovery.

“It’s great to see everybody show up, supporting (Fox),” Fuller said. “He’ll love it.”

In the wake of the shooting, several groups have come together to support Fox.

The Cumberland Run/Walk on the Pennsy Trail, originally designed to benefit the Cumberland Police Department’s K9 Roscoe, has been augmented to include monetary support for Fox as he makes his way through rehab. The event is set to begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18, in Cumberland.

Registration and packet pickup on race day will begin at 7 a.m. on the west side of the Meijer Parking Lot at 11351 E. Washington St.

The Fortville Police Department is selling sticker decals with Fox’s name and unit number, 303, on them. Those are available at the town municipal building at 714 E. Broadway. Proceeds will go to Fox.

Other donations to support the family may be sent to the Greenfield Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 140, at 400 E. Davis Road in Greenfield.

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