Shorty after the tragic shootings deaths of five officers in Dallas and three in Baton Rouge and the wounding of a Ballwin officer, residents have been stopping by the station with trays of sandwiches, cookies, pies, supplies of bottled water or to drop off cards and letters as expressions of their appreciation and support for the men and women of the Town and Country Police Department. Still others have approached officers while on patrol just to shake their hand and pass along their gratitude for the difficult and dangerous job police officers perform every day.
Recently the Town and Country Police Department was the scene of yet another act of ‘spontaneous civic gratitude’. A few weeks ago at a Ward 2 Forum a simple conversation between two residents about how they could support their police department quickly gained momentum and grew into an almost unstoppable force. The resulting outcome was above and beyond what anybody expected.
On the afternoon of Thursday, July 28, 2016 thirty gift bags and thirty gift baskets, one for each police officer, were delivered to the station. The bags and baskets were full of all kinds of healthy snacks, candy, gift cards, gum, mints, and even a St. Michael medallion. (St. Michael is the Patron Saint of Police Officers, Paramedics, Firefighters and the Military.) All the items were graciously donated by the residents. In addition to gifts bags and baskets, numerous cases of various bottled and canned soft drinks were also delivered. As overwhelming as all this was, there a large envelope which accompanied the delivery. Inside the envelope were numerous cards and letters. Many were home-made by children and others were from residents with thoughtful and positive expressions of support.
As the Chief of Police it was a heartwarming experience to witness such tremendous support from the community. These past few weeks have been tough on all in law enforcement and have taken a toll on the men and women of this department as well as their families. All these acts of kindness reinforce my belief in what Gary Hoelzer, Town and Country’s City Administrator shared with me – that the vast and silent majority of our residents and citizens nationwide fully support law enforcement.
So from all the men and women who proudly wear the uniform of Town and Country Police Department, we humbly thank you for your support.