INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Indianapolis Police Foundation (IPF) is selling t-shirts in honor of fallen Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer Perry Renn.
First Vice President of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #86 Rick Snyder made the announcement over Twitter Monday morning. Snyder says the police foundation will sell #IWillAlwaysGetOutOfMyCar shirts in honor of Officer Renn, who was shot and killed in the line of duty earlier this month.
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“The mother of the alleged shooter said Officer Renn should not have gotten out of his car,” said Bill Owensby, President of FOP Local 86. “That really rubbed law enforcement everywhere the wrong way — because that’s what we do. We get out of our cars.”
On Monday, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge accepted box after box of t-shirts. 300 in all. On the front, they honor Perry Renn. On the back, they declare “I will always get out of my car.”
The shirts go on sale, Tuesday. They’ll be $15 a piece with the proceeds going to the Indianapolis Police Foundation. Officer Renn’s family requested all proceeds from the shirts go to the IPF to support other officers and their families.
Owensby also said it is important that people not just buy the shirts. He said they need to be worn. Owensby told 24-Hour News 8 he discussed it with Perry Renn’s father on Monday. The elder Renn said he would like to see a day when everyone who has the shirt wears it to work or school on the same day “to support law enforcement all across the country.”
Owensby acknowledged a positive result from the comment that inspired “I will always get out of my car”. He said he has “seen an increased morale just a little bit because they just really took an exception to people thinking that their job would entail them to staying in the car. And not getting out when evil lurks.”
Now, Owensby expects the shirt campaign “to be how we know the public’s out there. This is going to be how we know the public’s behind us.”
At the same time, he said civilians should recognize the message the t-shirts send to them.
“We want to let the public know that we will always get out of our cars,” Owensby said. “We will always be there for you. We will always be there protecting you. That’s what we do.”
Watch the video here to learn more about the “I will always get out of my car” campaign.