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HPD officer continues battle of life

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POSTED: March 3, 2007 5:09 a.m.
Hinesville police officer Larry Milton has faced many difficult situations in his 35 years of serving in law enforcement. But nothing can compare with the battle he has been facing since 2000.
Milton had his first surgery on March 1 of that year and has been battling cancer of the tongue every since.  He has had his ups and downs, and has been a hero to friends and family before his illness — and while struggling through his illness.
Milton has been a lifelong resident to this area and resides in Long County. He was initially a member of the Ludowici Police Department for five years before being hired by the Hinesville Police Department on Dec. 4, 1976, where he still is employed.  
He has been married to his wife, Yvonnie, for 33 years, and they have four children, and eight grandchildren.  
Milton said he loves to fish and hunt, and enjoys playing with his grand kids. His illness has slowed him down, but his spirit has continued to inspire those who know him. Friends of Larry’s have planned a benefit concert for March 3 at the Long County Wildlife Festival Site in Ryepatch.
“We wanted to do something to help Larry, and this concert was away we could put something together for him and his family,” Lamar Cook said.
The concert will include local favorites singing oldies, country, and gospel. There will be some games for the kids, and a whole lot of great food.
Some of the entertainment scheduled will be Steve Griffee, Jennifer Bacon, Glory Bound, The Bland Family, the DixieLand Quartet, Marty Pye, and many more who will be there to entertain and honor Milton.
Folks are urged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets and be ready for a good time. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Hinesville City Hall and fire department, the Long County Tax Commissioner’s Office, Town and Country Florist in Ludowici, and the Hinesville, Ludowici, and Midway branches of the Heritage Bank.  
Proceeds raised will be donated to the Miltons to help defray medical costs and other expenses, which have accrued during Larry’s illness.
“I think what everyone is doing is awesome, and it is greatly appreciated.  It’s not everyday you see something like this, and no words can express our gratitude” Yvonnie Milton said.
 

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