Local group shows support for law enforcement during tough times

EDITOR'S NOTE AUG. 4, 2016: An earlier version of this story included quotes from sources who may have misrepresented themselves. Those quotes have been removed from this story.

You’re bound to spot one around the corner, on a tree, or on a lamp post in Folsom, blue ribbons tied into little bows.

They were put there by a group calling themselves the Blue Crew. A group made up of community members who all wanted to show the men and women of law enforcement, they back the blue.

What started as a movement in Folsom earlier this week, is now moving into El Dorado Hills. Blue Crew volunteers were out in the heat on Saturday morning around El Dorado Hills, tying bows around as many trees they could. 

“We need to come together as a community across the nation,” said Blue Crew member Apryle Hitchner. “We feel safe with them around and we want them to also feel safe that we have their back.”

On Thursday, San Diego officer Jonathan “JD” DeGuzman, 43, was shot and killed on the job. According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, DeGuzman is one of 34 law enforcement deaths related to firearms in this year. A 79 percent increase for the same period in 2015. From January to July of 2016, a total of 69 officers have lost their life across the country.

“It’s amazing to see all these people come together and show their support for law enforcement,” Hitchner said.

Copyright 2016 KXTV


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