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Back the Badge Jeep Run honors first responders

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WSIL -- Dozens of jeep drivers rode through southern Illinois Sunday morning in support of local first responders. 

They also honored the fire fighters, police, and EMTs who died on 9/11 in New York City 15 years ago.

Tim Legere knows what its like to be a first responder. 

"Most people who don't live it, don't understand it," Legere said.  

Legere serves as a police officer in Murphysboro, and although he wasn't in uniform Sunday, he showed his support for fellow law enforcement by hopping in his jeep for a ride through southern Illinois. 

"Unfortunately, officers deal with the one or two percent of the population that don't much appreciate them, so we are letting them know that the rest of the population does," Legere said. 

Hundreds of people joined him Sunday to show police officers, fire fighters and paramedics that they care. 

Officers were given gifts and were thanked for all they do. 

"They deal with situations everyday...violence, tragedy, that most of us can't even comprehend. So just wanted to come out today and show our support for all they do and keeping us safe," said Brian Roberts, who participated in the ride. 

Showing support was even more important Sunday, as the nation honored the thousands who lost their lives in the 9/11 terror attacks, hundreds of them were first responders. 

"We said a long time ago that we will never forget," said Legere. 

And people in southern Illinois have been happy to prove that.

"It's a great show of support, and this is the kind of support we get from southern Illinois," said William Ward with the Williamson County Sheriff's Office.

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