Angelina Co. officers grateful for community support

Angelina Co. officers grateful for community support
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Police officers have been receiving an overwhelming amount of support this week for National Police Week.

It's a dangerous job, but somebody has to do it.

"I've had situations where I've had a knife pulled on me, and an individual ran to stab me," Lieutenant Russell Flanigan, with the Hudson Police Department said. "Luckily, I reacted by kicking the other person back instead of using any other force."

National Police Week in full swing, and officers in East Texas are feeling the love.

"Everybody deserves a week where they are shown the appreciation for what they do, and police are no different than anyone else," said Lieutenant David Young with the Lufkin Police Department. "It's nice to know that some people appreciate the efforts we put forth to protect our community."

"It's a pretty great thing because the community pulls together and lets us know," Flanigan said. "We have incidents where some of the schools will provide meals for us."

"We just thought this would be a small token of our appreciation to do breakfast and lunch for them," said Scott Mackey, the principal at Bonner Elementary.

This year is a little more emotional though, earlier this year cops were painted in a different shade of blue, which turned some communities against them.

"The past year hasn't been kind to police nationwide," Young said. "There have been a lot of controversial things happen, some videos and some officers do things that they shouldn't have done. It's kind of painting all police with a broad brush, and it's nice to know here locally that we have our community support. They recognize that we do the best we can to protect our community."

For those supporters who've always backed the boys in blue, officers said it fills them up with gratitude.

"It makes me proud to be a Lufkin police officer and work in this community," Young said.

"It makes you feel good to know that some people out there actually appreciate what you do, and they like to take that moment and show us," Flanigan said.

"Thank you, because it's a big job, and they don't get recognized enough," Mackey said.

On Saturday the love continues. The Clergy and Police Alliance will have different religious leaders pray for the Lufkin police department from noon until midnight right outside of the police station.

National Police Week was created back in 1962, by President John F. Kennedy to pay special recognition to those law enforcement officers.

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