Inside Paducah Printing, employee Herb Banks' latest idea is coming hot off the printer and he couldn't be prouder.
"It does get exciting. Kind of gives you goosebumps," he said
After KSP Trooper Cameron Ponder was shot and killed in September, Banks wanted a way to show his support for police so he came up with a special yard sign that reads, "We support our local law enforcement officers."
"The sign is just another way to express and to give back," Banks told Local 6.
Banks wanted to go further so the money raised for the sale of the signs will benefit the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund and the national agency C.O.P.S. or 'The Concern of Police Survivors.' He's also handing out fliers trying to get local businesses on board. "Frankly, nobody has told me no yet," Banks said.
Paducah Printing has printed about 200 of the signs since the beginning of October. Paducah Police Community Resource Officer Gretchen Morgan said she's humbled by the outpouring of support. "We forget sometimes that we do have the community behind us," she said.
Which, she said, is evident by the various ways people are backing police. "Seeing those lines in the back of the cars, the blue lights on their front porch, the signs - it just reminds us that the community is on our side," Officer Morgan said.
Banks hopes the momentum builds. "That was the whole idea behind this project. I was hoping we could start here in Paducah, McCracken County and that it would spread and go into other counties as well," Banks said.
The signs are $10 each and can be purchased at any Paducah Bank location and from Paducah Printing on North 8th Street.