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North Texas ‘Blue Family’ says thank you with letter, billboards

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This video made by the North Richland Hills police department has 1 million views on Facebook - and counting.
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This video made by the North Richland Hills police department has 1 million views on Facebook - and counting.

The notes, cards, emails and visits have flooded North Texas law enforcement agencies ever since four Dallas officers and a DART officer were killed in an ambush on July 7.

Law enforcement agencies also have been overwhelmed with food from North Texans.

To show appreciation for the support of residents, the North Texas Police Chiefs Association published a letter Sunday in the Star-Telegram and The Dallas Morning News, saying thank you.

Members of The Free Hugs Project made sure officers and other attendees at Tuesday's memorial service at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas got a free hugs.

Words of thanks also will be posted on a few digital billboards across North Texas starting Monday and will run for two weeks.

“With the recent events that occurred in the Metroplex and nationwide, agencies have noticed a substantial increase in the outpouring of support from community members,” said North Richland Hills Police Chief Jimmy Perdue in a news release. Perdue is the president of the association. “As a mark of respect and appreciation for the public’s backing, we’re releasing a letter of thanks and billboard advertisement on behalf of the agencies.”

The association created in 1960 is a non-profit organization comprised of police chiefs from 115 agencies in North Texas. The member agencies include municipal, campus, county federal, hospital, school districts and special agencies.

In the Sunday letter, the police chiefs called the officers killed on July 7 “heroes” and noted how a tragedy had a way of bringing people together.

The letter pointed out how each community had reached out to support law enforcement agencies.

“Each gesture speaks loudly to us during this dark and difficult time, often bringing the encouragement we need to carry on,” the letter said.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763, @mingoramirezjr

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