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Sanford citizens stand in support of police

Posted December 23, 2014

— 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."



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  • good old boy Dec 23, 2014

    Bravo Sanford. I hope this catches on elsewhere.

  • sherileigh Dec 23, 2014

    Our police officers and emergency workers need our support! Thank you!

  • Amy LaFluer Dec 23, 2014
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    So glad to see this....Wish I knew I'd been there too.

  • wallhokiesvt Dec 23, 2014

    Great gesture. I appreciate this, and wish more town's and cities would do this.

  • John Jones Dec 23, 2014
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    We need to join together and support our LEO's. It would be nice to see protests in multiple states. I will surely attend. It would be better that the anti police protesters marching on false narratives hands up dont shoot.

  • MudLife Dec 23, 2014

    So glad this is happening. I know one of the guys tht helped put this together and he's always active in the community. This is going to be awesome. Thank you LEOs far and near!!