Local Jeep club supports first responders on 9/11 anniversary

In our area, people are doing their part to support first responders and law enforcement during the 15th anniversary of September 11th.

More than 100 jeeps drove around southern Illinois Sunday in support of first responders and law enforcement. The group stopped at Rent One Park, the SIU arena, the Blue Boar restaurant in Anna, Illinois, and the Murphysboro High School parking lot.                    

Jeep owners collected supplies to give to officers and first responders items that could be useful during their workdays such as coffee or air fresheners. Jeep owners donated the items for the care baskets.

Williamson County Sheriff Sgt. William Ward says the gifts are neat and a nice surprise

“They’re thanking us for our service, which we should thank them. They are the ones who support us. We are here for them,” Ward said.

Tim Legere organized the event.

“It’s important that we remember our first responders before there is a tragedy like 9/11, and this is just kind of the way we are doing that,” Legere said.

Ward says he’s humbled by the amount of people taking the time to say, thank you.

“We lost a lot of firefighters and police officers and EMS personnel that day, and to commemorate that I think they picked the perfect day to do it,” Ward said.

It’s an act of solidarity, people like Legere understand.

“I’ve been in law-enforcement 27 years. This seems to be the time now that people are recognizing the sacrifices the first responders do,” Legere said.

They’re simple acts of recognition that can go a long way in motivating those who serve to protect.   

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