In observance of National Thank a Police Officer Day on Friday, personnel at the Zachary Police Department were offered treats by the Zachary High School softball team, Complete Collision, Krispy Kreme and local couple Chad and Brandi Riles.
Thank a Police Officer Day — started by the Whole Truth Project, an organization with a mission to promote a pro-police message — encourages people across the country to take a moment out of their day to show appreciation for their local officers through small acts of gratitude or by simply saying thank you.
Businesses are urged to donate something to police departments, such as breakfast or coffee.
Police Chief David McDavid said the gestures boosted officers’ morale.
According to the Officer Down Memorial Page at odmp.org, there have been 94 line-of-duty deaths of officers this year with 14 occurring in August. Three were in one day (Aug. 28) and six happened over a four-day period from Aug. 24-28.
So far this year, Louisiana has had nine officers die in the line of duty, second only to Texas, which has lost 10 officers.
The Rileses delivered six boxes of blue glazed doughnuts donated by Krispy Kreme Manager Donnie Bradley, the Lady Broncos brought homemade cookies and cupcakes, and Complete Collision dropped off jambalaya to the officers.
After quoting Bible verse Matthew 5:9, which says: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God,” McDavid said, “Our officers are brave and continue to do their jobs bravely, which is protecting the citizens of Zachary, so we thank those for thinking of us always and not just on this one day. We’re very appreciative.”