Police appreciate community support

Published 9:02 pm Thursday, July 14, 2016

Day in and day out, police officers risk their lives on the frontlines, which is often taken for granted. But, over the last week, the people of Suffolk have shown their gratitude in a variety of ways.

The tragedy in Dallas late last week, where five law enforcement officers were killed by a sniper, hit home both to the city’s police and to its residents.

In response, several citizens have visited both police precincts bearing pizza, doughnuts, cookies and drinks. Also, several cards and posters handcrafted by children populate the walls of the precinct break rooms.

Pizza, drinks, cards and a poster are among the items donated to the Suffolk Police First Precinct.

Pizza, drinks, cards and a poster are among the items donated to the Suffolk Police First Precinct.

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“We are very gracious of the community, because we know they are hurting too,” said Sgt. Chad Hooker, an officer from the city’s second precinct.

“Dear police officers, thank [you] for all you do for Suffolk. You must [be] very brave to have to be a police officer. You are awesome. We are praying for you,” read a card from 12-year-old Izzy.

Other cards thanked officers for their service and for keeping the community safe.

In addition, the department has also received an outpouring of support on social media. On its Facebook page, there are various posts of the donated items from the community and messages from city residents.

There were also a few photos of children donning police uniforms beaming with joy standing next to officers.

Also, in light of the incident in Dallas, Ebony Wright, a Suffolk resident, wrote about a conversation she had with her 15-year-old son.

“We discussed how the actions of a small percentage of people should not be a reflection of all of the people in that class,” her post read.

In addition, a handful of local restaurants are offering free meals to law enforcement.

On Tuesday, Derl’z Restaurant and Pub granted officers free lunch meals.

“I’m known as their No. 1 fan,” restaurant owner Donna Perry said with a chuckle.

Stillwaterhouse Tea Room has offered free meals to law enforcement since Tuesday as well and plans to for the foreseeable future.

“With everything that’s going on in the news, I just wanted to do what I could to help,” said Diane Kippes, the owner of the tea shop.

Bubba-n-Frank’s in Carrollton was also serving officers for free.

Local officers assure that the community’s efforts have not gone unnoticed.

“Sincere gratitude from the community is more than enough, but we are all very appreciative,” said Brian Hearn, a senior police officer at the city’s second precinct.

“Sometimes it takes a hard situation to realize the community support that we have,” said Maj. Stephanie Burch. “We are very grateful.”