INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Fraternal Order of Police Indianapolis Lodge #86 sold more than 1,000 shirts honoring fallen Officer Perry Renn in it’s first day of sales Tuesday.
There are still some available for sale at the FOP between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and 1,000 more were ordered to meet the demand. There is also a link on the FOP website allowing people to order the shirts online. Shipping is five-dollars.
“I’m in mega-support of what these officers are doing every day,” Jarrod Perry said.
He drove from Greenfield to buy one of the t-shirts. He’s one of hundreds who stopped by the FOP Lodge 86 Tuesday. Each stating how many and what size, before a heart felt thank you to those who protect and serve our community.
“My hats are off to any of these guys who do this every day. I can’t imagine doing what they do every day,” Perry said.
“I think it’s very important that the community know that our police officers will always get out of the car. And so what better way than to show it on a shirt and support a cause that’s very important to me,” Firefighter Kristi Hamblin said.
It’s an outpouring of sincere support, and so much of it, that the FOP had 500 more t-shirts delivered before noon on Tuesday and more at three o’clock.
“Hopefully this will be a symbol of what we’re going to do different here in Indianapolis. That we are going to, not only our police officers, but our citizens to recommit to this effort to provide true public safety,” FOP Vice President Rick Snyder said.
Funds raised by the $15 shirts will go directly to help those in blue, through the Indianapolis Police Foundation.
“Our police officers have actually doubled-down their efforts and have reaffirmed their commitment to the citizens of Indianapolis that they’re going to be there for them and their going to stand that line,” Snyder said.
FOP Vice President Rick Snyder said Officer Renn’s father has requested that a day be chosen for everyone to wear their T-shirts to show support. They are also continuing the blue light campaign. Snyder said the date has not yet been chosen, but thinks it may be sometime in September.
“More than ever, times are dangerous and I think that with the more community support they have they better they’ll be able to do their jobs knowing that we support them,” Hamblin said.
“It’s going to make me feel good to wear this shirt, for sure. I’m just going to this about the support of the officers all the time and what they do for us,” Perry said.