AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – The Dallas shooting is heavy on the hearts of many people, but across the C.S.R.A. the community is giving local officers encouragement.
Since the week started the love from the community has not stopped pouring into the local sheriff’s offices and police departments. The officers WJBF NewsChannel 6 spoke with all said the same thing: it feels so nice to be appreciated.
Across the nation, people are mourning the death of five officers in Dallas. Now the deadly shooting has put a spotlight on the men and women who serve and protect their local communities.
“After the tragedy we knew that our community would stand behind us,” Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree told WJBF NewsChannel 6.
Sheriff Roundtree says feedback from citizens is nothing new. He says since he got to work Monday cards, flowers, balloons, and sweets from strangers haven’t stopped coming through the door.
“These individuals are not looking for thank you’s. Some of [the cards] them are not even signed,” Roundtree said. “They are just saying we care… we as a community and that’s what makes it special. They aren’t looking for anything in return.”
Richmond County citizens also showed deputies just how lucky they are to have them.
“I never thought that the Sheriff’s Office would receive Powerball tickets, but hey, good luck to us!” Roundtree told WJBF NewsChannel 6.
The random acts of kindness are happening in Columbia County as well. A box of cookies from the Newton family wishes that deputies stay safe while working to keep them safe.
“We appreciate the support we get everyday. Day in and day out from the community. Not just in light of the recent events, but even before.” Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Captain Sharif ChoChol said.
More than the gifts they’re received, it’s the personal stories that they’ve been told and gratitude that they’ve been shown while out just doing their jobs.
“A women actually had her daughter with her. I think she was 3-years-old and she actually walked up to me and told me thank you and it was a really cute moment,” Hephzibah Police Department Corporal Emerald Hambrick told WJBF NewsChannel 6.
Sheriff Roundtree says they plan to put the cards on display either at the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office or is a case that can be setup in different spots around the community.
Roundtree told WJBF NewsChannel 6 if the Sheriff’s Office win the Powerball, all the money is going to get put right back into the community.