Warner Robins painting the town blue to support law enforcement
To serve and protect is an oath law enforcement officers live by everyday.
“I am scared for him sometimes when he leaves. I try to put that away,” Hope Bish, a member of the Warner Robins Police Department Auxiliary Group and wife of WRPD officer said.
That constant fear of the unknown is felt by the officers and their family.
“Now it’s just more of kind of anger and hurt that he has to go out and do this job for people who don’t seem to care or even like him,” Bish said.
Bish has been married to Sgt. James Bish with the Warner Robins Police Department for 16 years. Recent headlines of officers gunned down in the line of duty or while pumping gas are making it hard for her to cope.
“It’s gotten to where it’s not just part of their job. Their lives are on the line just because of who they are,” she said.
The men and women in blue work what some say is a thankless job.
“A lot of times we see them in a negative light because they’re considered the bad guy to many people because they’re trying to get the bad guys off the street,” Jennifer Parson, the public information officer for WRPD said.
On those same streets you will see a symbol of thanks.
“To let them know that we and the entire community cares about them and their safety and we appreciate what they do,” Allen Tatman, the owner of Forget-Me-Not Florist said.
Local businesses and residents are buying blue bows from Forget-Me-Not Florist. They are a small gesture of support for the people who risk their lives to protect the communities they serve.
“Hopefully with this we can show that there really are mass numbers who are behind them everyday,” Tatman said.
The goal is to “paint the town blue” and let every officer know they are appreciated.
“If nothing else, it’s going to brighten their day a little more,” Parson said.
Because a thank you can go a long way.
“I just don’t think they hear it enough,” Bish said.
And with these bow, now the officers will see it.
So far, Forget-Me-Not Florist has sold 150 bows and the owner is expecting that number to grow. If you want to purchase a bow, you can call the florist at (478) 971-4856. Each bow costs $5.
“Paint the Town Blue” in Warner Robins is from September 13th through the 19th. Communities across the nation will observe the day on September 17th.