POINT PLEASANT —In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week.
Once again, Mason County residents have a chance to show their support for law enforcement officers by “painting the town blue” for the entire month of May.
Susan Thomas spoke at the recent Mason County Commission meeting about an effort to get the word out to the public to place blue ribbons at businesses and residences in May. Thomas is selling the ribbons on behalf of the local police auxiliary, with all money going into a national fund set aside for officers specifically in Mason County, should a tragedy or need to support those officers and their families arise.
The ribbons are $5 and can be purchased through Thomas via messaging her Facebook page or by calling her at 304-593-2030. Thomas supports locals residents getting creative by decorating in blue in addition to the ribbons, for the entire month of May to show law enforcement officers they are appreciated in the local community.
Thomas told commissioners she was also working with individuals to donate baskets to the various law enforcement departments in the county, with things like snacks and water, etc.
Thomas said all of this is an effort to support local law enforcement during a time when some officers across the country have been attacked and even murdered.
County Commissioners Miles Epling, Tracy Doolittle and Rick Handley, County Administrator John Gerlach, as well as County Clerk Diana Cromley, all purchased blue ribbons to show support for National Police Week/Month in May.
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