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Kokomo boy raises $7,000 for Pickett family with lemonade, hot chocolate sales

The community chipped in to raise nearly $7,000 in lemonade and hot chocolate sales, with all the proceeds going to Deputy Pickett's family.

KOKOMO, Ind. (WTHR) — Six-year-old Malachi Fronczak is no stranger to showing his respect to those who have died in the line of duty he wishes to one day enter.

The Kokomo boy will proudly tell you he wants to be a police officer when he grows up, even though it can be a dangerous job.

When Southport Police Lt. Aaron Allan died from gunfire while on duty in July 2017, Fronczak set up "Malachi's Magnificent Lemonade" stand to raise money for the fallen officer's family. The community showed up, buying the then-5-year-old's refreshing beverages, and contributed to raising $2,000 for Allan's family.

When Malachi's father, Jason, explained what had happened to fallen Boone County Sheriff's Deputy Jacob Pickett, the family went to the garage to pull out the lemonade stand once more.

"I just think, let's do some good things for them," Malachi told Eyewitness News.

The outpouring of support was even greater the second time around. In its two days of business, Malachi's Magnificent Lemonade raised $6,985 for Deputy Pickett's family.

Malachi also went to Boone County to pay his respects, leaving a bottle of lemonade at the memorial for Pickett outside the sheriff's office.

Malachi did the same for Allan when he visited the memorial outside the Southport Police Department. He left Allan a touching message: "I'll share it with you in heaven."

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