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Community shows support for police

Stephanie Carel, Edmond Downtown Business Association president, places a blue bow on a tree in support of Edmond police. [PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN]

Stephanie Carel, Edmond Downtown Business Association president, places a blue bow on a tree in support of Edmond police. [PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN]

EDMOND — People have shown their appreciation for Edmond police officers this year with blue ribbons tied on trees throughout the city.

“The outpouring and support was tremendous,” said Police Chief Bob Ricks. “It's actually hard to find the right words to adequately describe how much it meant to each employee.”

Edmond Downtown Business Association members secured 70 ribbons on downtown trees and collected sweets and drinks for the officers at police headquarters. The Zahrai family, which owns Plaza USA, a development company, sponsored free Evoke coffee for the officers.

Their efforts sparked more interest from people in the city wanting blue ribbons on their property, so wives of the Edmond officers got together and made blue ribbons to show their appreciation for their husbands.

Edmond firefighters placed the blue bows throughout Edmond.

Students at Grove Valley Elementary School made paper badges with special messages to the officers.

Appreciation for local police officers started when Victoria Woods, Chapplewood Financial Services chief investment adviser, posted a sign thanking them for their work.

After noticing violence against police officers nationwide, Wood posted a banner outside her office building that read, “We Support Our Police Officers and Their Families. Thank You All.”

Woods has given thousands of signs with the same message to home and business owners across Oklahoma and the country.

“Our community is one-of-a-kind and we don't take that for granted,” Ricks said. “The men and women of the Edmond Police Department know they serve in and work in a unique environment.”

Diana Baldwin

Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote the original stories about the... Read more ›

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