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Local businesses show their support for police

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MURPHYSBORO -- Many southern Illinois communities have rallied behind the men and women in blue. Personal campaigns from businesses have sparked community support.

David Preece and his wife are using their screen printing business to share a message to those in uniform.

"They got people out there that do support them and do back them," said Preece.

After the recent shootings on officers, his family wanted to make sure police know they "back the badge."

"We weren't looking to make money. We're just looking to show support," said Preece.

It's just one of the many ways community members have shown support to the Murphysboro Police Department.

"We appreciate the support and all the kind gestures they have made," said officer B.J. Jones.

Jones said being an officer is a dangerous and sometimes thankless job. Every time he puts on his uniform, he's reminded of the risk he takes.

"I think of getting home to my wife and kids at the end of the day, insuring that my brothers and sisters in uniform also make it home to their families at the end of the day," said Jones.

A few months ago, Fowler Heating and Cooling in Marion started handing out black and blue bracelets.

"They just got so much bad publicity we just wanted to just let them know that we as the community stand behind them," said owner Steve Fowler.

Fowler even removed all advertising from his sign, replacing it with a message of support.     

"I know there's bad ones and good ones and there's bad businesses and good businesses," said Fowler. "But I feel like that the vast majority of them work really hard to take good care of us and those are the ones that I want to be supporting."

Dozens of local police departments have been flooded with kind gestures from businesses, restaurants, and people showing support.

Those are gestures Fowler and Preece hope other businesses will do as well.

"They go out there and put their lives at risk for us everyday," said Preece.

Other ways people have shown support involve handmade gifts made, special thank you cards from children, and some have bought blue light bulbs to place outside.

Fowler says the biggest show of support is simply saying thank you when you see an officer.

Owners say the bracelets and stickers are free.

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