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Locals show appreciation for law enforcement officers

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Fayette residents Jessica Drewry and her daughter Stella on Monday delivered cookies, a drawing, and community charity to the Fayette County Sheriff’s office. Here, Stella is pictured with five of her new friends. Acts like this are becoming more freqent across the county in recent days. (Special photo)

While recent national news events have prompted some to protest, some to pontificate, and others to point blaming fingers here and there, that same news has inspired many Fayette County residents to reach out and say “thank you” to local law enforcement agencies and their officers for putting their lives on the line in service to the community.
Agencies across the county have reported numerous encouraging interactions with the public lately showing support.
Recently Fayette County resident Jessica Drewry and her daughter Stella had a conversation about what was being reported in the news about police officers, and then the next day at church they were challenged to reach out to the community with love. That led to another conversation about how to respond.
“Stella said she wanted to do something for the police officers,” Drewry  said. “She wanted to make some cookies and take them up there and say ‘thank you’ for protecting us.
“We chose the sheriff’s office because I had an uncle who worked there for many years,” Drewry added, noting her uncle is the late Fred Pyron. “She and I both wanted to convey the love and appreciation we have for these people.”
That love was well received. Not long after Stella’s cookie delivery, pictures of Stella and her new crime fighter friends were posted on the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.
When the mother/daughter duo arrived at the sheriff’s office, they were greeted by Public Information Officer Rene McCollum and several other deputies of different ranks, and Drewry says it had a big impact on her little girl.
“It was wonderful,” Drewry said. “Stella had a blast.”
While Drewry and her daughter expected their visit to be enjoyable, there was one thing in particular that took young Stella by surprise, according to her mother:
“It was a lot quieter than she was expecting it to be,” Drewry said.

By Danny Harrison

Danny Harrison, a 1992 Fayette High School graduate, began his journalism career with Fayette County News in 1995. After taking several leaves of absence to pursue journalism and Christian ministry opportunities, including a few out of state and overseas, he returned full-time to Fayette County News in August 2014. Harrison earned a bachelor's degree in pastoral ministry in 2009 while serving as a missionary journalist in England and Western Europe.