Tarrant County Deputy Constable David Merton tied blue ribbons onto hundreds of vehicles that drove to the Mansfield Public Safety Building Wednesday night.
“In this day and age where there is an all-out war on cops, it’s heartwarming to see the support from the community,” he said.
Officers directed traffic into the parking lot, but at one point the two-lane East Broad Street was backed up a quarter-mile to U.S. 287.
One of the leaders of the blue ribbon drive is Sherri Aaron, wife of Mansfield Police Chief Tracy Aaron.
“When my kids were little, people were proud of officers, it was an honor to be a police officer and people thanked them in the streets,” she said. “I feel like there’s an attack on law enforcement today and we need to take our country back and support law enforcement.”
She was referring to a series of deaths of officers in recent weeks. Harris County sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth was fatally shot outside a gas station on Friday. Off-duty Abilene police officer Don Allen was found dead in his home. And Illinois police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was fatally shot Tuesday morning while responding to a call.
Volunteers passed out about 1,000 ribbons, black and blue bracelets and police stickers. They also tied blue ribbons on the trees and posts along East Broad Street.
Damian Smeragliuolo of Arlington drove off with a blue ribbon tied to his vehicle. “We are all for what the police are doing and we want to back them up as much as we can,” he said.
Organizers ran out of black-and-blue bracelets, but city officials said they would be available at the public safety building and City Hall later this week.
Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-7770