Sanford citizens stand in support of police
Posted December 23, 2014
Sanford, N.C. — Chanting, singing and bearing lighted candles, several hundred residents of Sanford lined up to show support for their local law enforcement Tuesday evening.
A steady, light rain did nothing to inhibit the spirit of those who simply wanted to say "Thank you."
At the evening shift change, people planned to line the sidewalk outside police headquarters at 225 E. Weatherspoon St. to sing Christmas carols.
"We need to show them that we support them, that there are people that respect them and what they do every day," said Patrick Oran.
Earl Wood, who said he's troubled by recent events in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City, did not hesitate to join in support of his neighbors.
"It seems as if a lot of respect, a lot of tolerance, isn't being given to African-Americans in our country," Wood said.
"Still we need to support. This is is a show of support for our police department as well as our community, and I'm definitely in support of that."
The officers welcomed the sentiment.
"I've been here 27 years and just to see the weather and the people to come out and support us, it's beyond words," said Capt. Reginald Petty.
"It makes us feel like we can go on another day."