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City of Americus rallies to back the blue

Americus residents have made thousands of bows to put around the city. (Source: WALB) Americus residents have made thousands of bows to put around the city. (Source: WALB)
APD Major Herman Lamar says the department is thankful for the support from the community. (Source: WALB) APD Major Herman Lamar says the department is thankful for the support from the community. (Source: WALB)
Patrick Kay is the main street director. (Source: WALB) Patrick Kay is the main street director. (Source: WALB)
Malcolm Argo says the visitor's center has been packed. (Source: WALB) Malcolm Argo says the visitor's center has been packed. (Source: WALB)
Jordan Carter has been making bows all week. (Source: WALB) Jordan Carter has been making bows all week. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

When you drive into the city, it's not long before you see some blue hanging from trees or on a front lawn. 

In fact, the city is so decorated in blue and black ribbon that every store in the city limits ran out of ribbon on Wednesday. 

From thank you cards, to ribbons, to signs on the front lawn, the city of Americus wants the world to know they back the blue. 

"It has really been a tremendous boost for our department and our morale," said Americus Police Department's Major Herman Lamar.

Over the past week, the city has hosted thousands of officers and the community has fed every last one of them.  

Over the weekend, they hosted a dinner following Officer Smarr's funeral.

There was so much food that community members decided to bring some of the leftovers to Minquell Lembrick's mother. 

"It's been interesting how this community has come together and realizing that it's three families who are hurting here not just two," said Main Street director Patrick Kay. 

The visitors center hasn't been seeing nearly as many visitors as they've seen community members. 

"We would have like six (customers) up here at one time waiting to get blue bows and information on back the blue," said Malcolm Argo.

Jordan Carter has spent her college break painting the city blue. 

"That's my goal and it's been happening," said Carter. 

Businesses throughout the city have been selling items like these Christmas ornaments to raise money for accounts set up in the officers' names.

And we can't forget all of the people who lined the streets for each and every procession that came through. 

"We really feel and know that there are citizens out there who do support law enforcement and that means so much to us," said Major Lamar. 

Despite the sadness that blankets the city, the past week has revealed the size of the city's heart. 

"It's a huge heart. Not just a big heart. I have not seen a heart like this before," said Kay.

Americus has a heart full of love and thanks those who work to protect them.

If you are interested in helping out and buying any items for their funds, there is a full list of ways on the Americus GA Citizens' Command Center facebook page. 

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