INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – IMPD Officer Perry Renn’s widow, Lynn Sappenfield-Renn, carefully helps fill orders for t-shirts at the Indianapolis FOP Local 86.
The t-shirts, featuring the ‘I will always get out of my car’ message, honor Officer Renn’s service, and now have become a way to show appreciation for police and what they do everyday.
Sappenfield-Renn was at the FOP Wednesday afternoon helping with the shirts alongside other volunteers.
They’ve now sold over 7,000 worldwide, in 43 states and four countries (Australia, United Kingdom, France, and Canada.)
“It’s surreal, and overwhelming,” she told 24-hour News 8. “It’s amazing, comforting, and I keep coming back to that word, surreal.”
She says she’s gone back to work slowly, and they’ve been flexible to allow her to volunteer with the FOP as well.
“Who would have thought, all this,” she said, gesturing at the t-shirt effort in full swing, adding, she thinks it’s great something good came from such tragedy: an awareness and outward show of appreciation for what police do on a daily basis.
Sappenfield-Renn said she’s hoping through her husband’s death, this tragedy, they can continue this outward appreciation of what police do each and every day.
Since the ‘I will always get out of my car’ campaign started, it has gone viral across the country, and now the world.
They’ve designated September 5 as a Day of Unity, asking everyone to wear their shirts on that day.
Proceeds for the shirts go to the Indianapolis Police Foundation. They’re available at the Indianapolis FOP Lodge 86 9-5 or online as well.