FERGUSON, Mo. – If you talk to any of the 200 or 300 men and women in blue who have been serving in Ferguson this past week, they’ll tell you about bricks and bottles and bullets lobbed at them nightly.
“One of my best friends got the windshield of their patrol car smashed out while he was in it with a brick. It’s a dangerous volatile situation and it’s chaotic,” said Jeff Roorda, business manager for the St. Louis Police Officers’ Association.
You’ll hear, they’ve exercised incredible restraint in the most harrowing circumstances.
“This thing could have turned into a Kent State 100 times over and the fact that it hasn’t is a testament to the professionalism of the police in this region who have stepped up in a remarkable way,” said Roorda.
The St. Louis Police Wives Association released this statement:
Our Police Wives Association is composed of wives, moms, sisters, and widows. Our mission is to assist injured officers as well as police families in the time of need. Due to the unfortunate crisis in Ferguson, please understand that our officers are working very diligently, and are committed to protect and serve our communities. Our hearts go out to the Brown family, and officer Wilson and his family. Any loss of life is devastating. We would like to raise awareness of the profound effect the situation has on the officers and their families. Every day they kiss their loved ones goodbye with hope of returning home after their shifts. Each time they put on their uniform they place their lives in danger. We have been overwhelmed and honored with the support of the public when we have been in times of crisis. If you would like to make a donation to assist the officers working in Ferguson please visit www.eventbrite.com and search for St. Louis Police Wives Association, or visit our website at Home – St Louis Police Wives’ Association.
The St. Louis Police Officers Wives’ Association is in great need of food donations as they’ve been feeding officers 24 hours a day, seven days a week over the last week. They are composed of wives, moms, sisters, and widows whose mission is to assist injured officers as well as police families in times of need.
The group has been overwhelmed and honored with the public’s support during times of crisis, and are asking for donations to help raise awareness for the profound effect on the officers involved and their families during this time of unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.
UPDATE! Local Police Wife Rachel Cohen is collecting tangible items such as snacks, beef jerky, protein bars, and baby/hygiene wipes. She will pick these items up from the Pearland PD on Thursday August 21 at 7:00 p.m. These items will ship Friday. If anyone wishes to send items or even cards of encouragement on their own please mail them directly to the SLPWA at the address below. She will also take any cards that need to be mailed out if needed.
Rachel Cohen: 281-748-5106 (cell)
SLPWA Address: Ferguson Police Dept, 222 S. Florissant Road, Ferguson, MO 63135