Local law enforcement shows support for healthcare workers

Friday, March 27, 2020
Police officers display a “Thank You” sign at an order at the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo Grounds, on Thursday.
Alex Wallner/Standard Democrat

SIKESTON — Local law enforcement and emergency personnel have the communities’ best interest in mind.

That was the message on Thursday evening, as local police officers and firefighters gathered near the back entrance at the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo Grounds. There, they displayed a “Thank You” sign as the police cars signaled red and blue lights, with an overall purpose being appreciation.

There is a video from Thursday evening’s order on the Scott County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page as well.

“It’s important to all of us because we’ve been there,” Scott County Sheriff Wes Drury said. “We’ve lived a lot of these missions, and we don’t know how the outcome is going to be. That’s why there’s such a strong brotherhood in this field. We’ve got each others’ backs, and we want them to know that we got their backs.

“If they got something that they need to do or would like for us to do out here, call us, and we’ll be more than happy to try and help. They need to concentrate on what they’re doing. They don’t need to worry about if their home is OK or being burglarized or things like that. Call us, and we’ll make patrol efforts.”

With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting any-and-everyone, law enforcers’ jobs are different, as they also have to abide by the rules set forth.

“A little bit more aware,” Sikeston Department of Public Safety Sargent Bryan Dover said. “The Department is not allowing visitors at the station. Just getting out in the community and volunteering and doing community activities. We’re just isolated in our stations.”

Drury added: “It feels a little different because normally we’re on the front lines. Now, we got our medical personnel that is taking the hit. We want them to know that we’re behind them 100 percent, and we know how they feel. Most importantly, we appreciate what they’re doing for our families.”

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