Du Quoin, Christopher 'painted blue' for law enforcement appreciation

Law enforcement appreciation in Du Quoin, Christopher
Published: Sep. 20, 2015 at 11:33 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 20, 2015 at 11:43 PM CDT
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(Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
(Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)

DU QUOIN, IL (KFVS) - Two Southern Illinois cities were "painted blue" with ribbons and signs by wives of law enforcement officers to show support for officers across America.

Members of Illinois Wives Behind the Badge, a group that provides support to families of law enforcement, celebrated "National Thank a Police Officer Day" all across the country.

The wife of an District 13 Illinois State Trooper, Kristen, made ribbons and posted them throughout Du Quoin and the wife of a Christopher police officer, Kassi, made ribbons and signs and posted them throughout Christopher. The families asked to hold their last names for safety concerns.

92 police officers have been killed in the line of duty in 2015, according to the officers down memorial page. 26 have been killed by non-accidental gunfire.

Organizers of the nationwide event hope folks will show their area law enforcement officers support. Kristen said officers need to know the have support from the community .

Organizers are asking folks to take photos of their signs, ribbons, or while wearing blue and hashtag #iSupportBLUE to show support.

The displays will remain up through September 27.

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