FINCASTLE, Va. (WFXR) — Sheriff Matt Ward knows he serves a supportive community in Botetourt County.
“Lately, the community has been real supportive,” the sheriff said. “They come out. They’ll email; they’ll call.”
Monday morning, however, was icing on top for deputies, when the county’s Farm Bureau Women’s Committee brought a couple dozen hand-written letters and a couple dozen baked goods.
“All the hand-written sentiments that they expressed in those cards, showing their support, thanking us for our dedication and service to this community, it’s heartfelt, and we appreciate it,” Ward said.
All of this spurred from one committee member, Linda Wickline.
Emily Bryant, Chair of Botetourt County’s Farm Bureau Womens’ Committee, said, “She just really liked the idea and came to the rest of the ladies and said ‘Hey! What do y’all think?'”
Bryant said it was a resounding yes from the committee to show their law enforcement officers that they’re appreciated.
“Law enforcement officers, today, they’re in a dangerous and thankless job, and they’re being judged as one and targeted and we just wanted them to know how much we appreciate them,” Bryant said.
“That support takes away some of the apprehensions that they might have, second-guessing themselves when they’re out there when seconds matter.”
Bryant continued with saying this gesture speaks to more than just the committee she chairs, but to Botetourt County itself. In her own words, “It’s a special place on the map.”
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