ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany business owner says an effort supporting law enforcement officers is increasing. Tom Gieryic says Back the Blue response started off slow, but now several businesses has a sign out front and that the support is catching on.
D.J.'s Oil Change and Car Wash Owner, Jeff Wiggins is just one of several business owners in Albany now displaying blue bows or Back the Blue signs to show their support for law enforcement officers.
"It seems like the police officers are kind of getting a bad wrap and we wanted to let the local police officers know that we stand behind them and that we need them," said Jeff Wiggins, D.J.'s Oil Change and Car Wash Owner
Gieryic's Automotive Repair Owner, Tom Gieryic started this three weeks ago and says the response was slow, but now businesses are starting to catch on.
"It is in the last week it has really took off," said Tom Gieryic, Owner. "I can't keep signs."
People are sending in donations for a sign. Signs are free for law enforcement officers. Gieryic says he's given out more than a 150 signs and is in the process of ordering more.
"I'm only ordering, It use to be 20 at the time now I'm doing 50 at a time and generally 24 hours after I get them they are gone," said Gieryic.
Gieryic says likes on the Back the Blue Albany, Ga Facebook page have also grown to 1300. You can find pictures on the page of Law Enforcement officers around Southwest, Ga thanking Gieryic for his support.
"I want them to hear that we appreciate them," said Gieryic.
He's also hoping the signs will bring the community together. He plans to give 20 signs to each city commissioner next week.
"I'm going to let them hand them out to constituents in their Ward, so that people can't say this is just a Northwest Albany thing," said Gieryic. "We want the signs all across."
Gieryic says an order of 250 signs should be coming in by Monday. You can get a sign at Gieryic's Automotive Repair in Albany on Dawson Road and like their Back the Blue Facebook page by clicking here.
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