Florist extending donations of blue ribbons for law enforcement
By Michael Bradford
MARION, Ky. -
Support stays strong for our local law enforcement. A florist in Marion, Kentucky, has donated thousands of bows for Blue Ribbon Day on Wednesday. The florist is now giving away blue ribbons until next Thursday, October 8th, when a vigil for troopers is supposed to be held.
Teena York, owner of Louise’s Flowers Inc., has handed out more than 1,300 bows meant to show support to local law enforcement.
She's also raised more than $1,400. It’s enough to send every officer from the Marion Police Department and Crittenden County Sheriff's Office to mandated rifle training for the next two years.
A Kentucky State Trooper’s wife, Holly White, says gestures like these are very comforting for law enforcement and their families.
“They're in it to help people. And things like these blue ribbons, they give those guys and ladies a sense of human nature again. And it’s needed,” White said.
At least 27 officers died on duty so far this year nationwide, shot by suspects, according to the Washington Post. That number includes Kentucky State Trooper Cameron Ponder, who was killed two weeks ago.
Ponder’s death is what gave York the idea to start handing out the ribbons.
“I had a cousin that was shot in Paducah when he was a trooper, back in the late 80s, and I realized we could've gone to his funeral just as easy as this family was going to his,” York said.
A roll of ribbon is a 100 yards, and in two weeks she's used more than 50 rolls. When you add up the number of bows, the amount of ribbon covers more than 50 football fields.
Bows have been handed out in surrounding counties, such as Lyon, and McCracken.
“People thank me for making them, but I thank them for displaying them,” York said.
York says local wholesalers are out of royal blue ribbon. Other flower shops, such as Cindy's Flowers in La Center and Designer Accents in Sturgis, are also handing out ribbons because of York.