Georgia Police Officers Raise Over $150k to Help Homeless Teen Attend College

Fred Barley;  Photo: via

Fred Barley; Photo: via

Two Georgia police officers have helped raise over $150,000 to help a homeless teen fulfill his dream of attending college.

The officers came to the attention of 19-year old Fred Barley after they found him sleeping in a tent outside of the gates at Gordon State College.

After speaking with Barley, they learned that not only was he homeless but that he had also bicycled 6 hours to register for classes.

Officer Dicky Carreker of the Gordon State College Police Department and Barnesville Police Officer Maria Gebelein brought Barley to a local motel and got him a room for two nights.

Others in the community then stepped up to help Barley. A local businessman hired him as a dishwasher to help him earn money to pay for his expenses and promised to allow Barley to work around his class schedule.

The officers also set up a GoFundMe page for Barley which has thus far raised nearly $165,000. 

Barley said of the officers' generosity, "The stuff that’s happening with police officers, I am black and he didn’t care what color I was. He just helped me, and that meant a lot."


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