. . . with blue porch lights, thin blue lines, blue ribbons, cards, candy, and gifts
The horrific Dallas massacre of peace officers has resulted in an amazing outpouring of support not only from celebrities and politicians but from ordinary people all across America who are reaching out to show their support for and appreciation of their local police departments.
In Dallas, crowds gathered to hug and say “thank you” to Dallas PD:
Police Chief David Brown received a long and loud round of a applause before he spoke at a midday, citywide prayer service here. Police work is a job where you seldom hear the words “Thank you,” he said.
The hundreds of residents who packed Thanks-Giving Square Park in downtown Dallas responded with a resounding, “THANK YOU!”
After the service, which featured remarks from faith and civic leaders, musical tributes and prayers, many of those in attendance stood in line to offer their personal thanks to men and women in uniform. Soon, everyone started hugging.
In Alabama, a “thin blue line” initiative has been picked up by Alabamians eager to show their support and respect for local law enforcement:
A Texan has developed the “Safe Harbor Initiative,” using the “thin blue line” as a signal of support to community police officers, and many Alabamians are participating.
In a post on Facebook, small business owner Anthony Welichko explained what officers could expect when they see a thin blue stripe spray-painted on the curb in a neighborhood.
To all law enforcement who see this line, know that the residents of this home appreciate your service and dedication to keeping the peace. Know that when you enter the neighborhood and see these lines that you are not alone or without “back-up”. We do not need the media to make our voices of support for our police and emergency services heard (though it would be nice). Lastly, if you are in my neighborhood and mean to harm a member of law enforcement, know that decision may be hazardous to you health as someone has that officers back!
Welichko’s post has been shared over 80,000 times, and thin blue lines are already starting to show up on curbs in neighborhoods across the state.
Others in Alabama are replacing their porch lights with blue light bulbs and wearing blue clothing or ribbons to show their support for police officers.
In Massachusetts, CBS Boston reports:
Individuals across the state are doing their part to show support for law enforcement amid the recent deadly attack on police officers in Dallas.
Jackson Dwyer, 19, of Natick delivered coffee and donuts from Dunkin’ Donuts to employees at State Police Headquarters in Framingham Thursday morning.
Dwyer is no stranger to the demands of State troopers. He is a former cadet of the 2014 student trooper program, which aims to increase youth’s understanding of the job of police officers.
Quincy Police got a special cupcake delivery on Thursday.
Burlington Police also received a special drop-in, and Mansfield Police received cookies and a card.
In Mississippi, small business owners are offering police officers free meals, and locals are posting supportive comments on the social media platforms of local police departments:
In Ocean Springs, Off the Hook Fish House is serving free means to officers. When asked what led him to his decision, owner Tim Wold said, “It’s because I can.”
OSPD employees enjoy free lunch at Off the Hook Fish House. Owner Tim Wold said: “It’s because I can”. pic.twitter.com/qtR9jZcffo
— Trang Pham-Bui (@TrangPhamBui) July 8, 2016
Around town, residents are bringing snacks to their local police departments.
In Kansas, similar stories are emerging of local residents moved by the tragedy in Dallas to demonstrate their support for their local police officers.
While law enforcement departments across Kansas have begun to show their support for the Dallas Police Department following Thursday’s deadly shooting that left five Dallas police officers dead, the community began to show their support for them.
Several police departments went to Facebook and Twitter to show the outpouring of gratitude they have received. The Sterling Police Department says a woman dropped off a gift bag of candy and a thank you card to the department.
Chief Jensby with the Maize Police Department says he was humbled by the support the community showed.
Considering that 26 police officers have been killed so far this year (up 44% from last year), it’s heart-warming to see such an outpouring of support for our nation’s police.
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