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Local group recognizes hundreds of area law enforcement officers in "Back Blue Chattanooga"

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

The community came together Monday to say thank-you to area law enforcement agencies.    

It was all part of "Back Blue Chattanooga," a one-day event put on by a group of women who wanted to show their support for those who wear the badge. 

"We just wanted to take one day to tell them that even in this dark time that we're going through, that they're going through, there's still people that appreciate everything that they do," DeAnna Boss said. 

Boss is the daughter of a retired police officer. She's seen the stress that comes with the badge first-hand. 

She's part of an online group called 'Beautifully Designed,' that's grown to 16,000 women from all walks of life. 

Each bag represents a police officer and is filled with items mostly donated from area businesses and organizations. 

"Giving them Chapstick. They're out in the sun. The memo pads, they keep memo pads in their breast pocket some of the time that way they can take notes," Boss added. 

The thoughtfulness and generosity is something that will soften the toughest officer. 

"We've seen it more in recent weeks than probably any other time in my career," Assistant Chattanooga Police Chief David Roddy said. 

Roddy said the support from the community after a tough couple of weeks goes a lot way with officer morale.   

"It helps them. It helps them understand that not everybody wants them to go away, people want them around them," Roddy added. 

"We can work together to make a difference and that's what it's all about, making a difference," Boss said. 

Several area restaurants and businesses are also taking part in "Back Blue Chattanooga" by offering discounts and freebies. 

Full list: 

  • Raceway on Signal Mtn Rd & Amnicola Highway - Free Coffee & Fountain Drink daily.
  • Chick-Fil-A in Brainerd Village - Will Honor any food for any officer in uniform.
  • Poblanos Mexican Cuisine - 551 River Street - 50% off on 8/2/16 - 15% off every day.
  • Tupelo Honey - Warehouse Row - 10% off on 8/1/16
  • Starbucks Hixson - 1 Free Regular Coffee
  • TastyKakes Bakery - Bonny Oaks Dr. - 10% off every day.
  • Chatta Cakes - Hixson Pike - 1 Free Item on 8/1/16
  • Wimpie’s - Soddy Daisy - Free meal in Uniform
  • Crossfit Brigade - Red Bank/North Chatt - Free to officers Monday 8/1/16 class am 6am, 9am, & 1145am. Coupon for one free week will be emailed to you.
  • 9 Round Boxing/Kickboxing Gym - East Brainerd - Free Week for all LEO's when you bring in your id.
  • Old Chicago - 10% off daily with ID.
  • Chili’s - All locations - 20% off in uniform or w/ID.
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