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Family thanks Darlington police for keeping them safe

The Shaw children hand out donuts to Officer Rodriguez with the Darlington Police Department. (Source: Betty Shaw) The Shaw children hand out donuts to Officer Rodriguez with the Darlington Police Department. (Source: Betty Shaw)
The Shaw family poses with Lt. Kimberly Nelson at the Darlington Police Department. (Source: Betty Shaw) The Shaw family poses with Lt. Kimberly Nelson at the Darlington Police Department. (Source: Betty Shaw)

DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) - In the midst of the controversy surrounding the tragedy in Dallas and the police killings in Minnesota and Louisiana, one Pee Dee family took steps to make sure local officers know they have the community's support.

In a random act of kindness, the Shaw family surprised Darlington police officers on Friday afternoon. 

Betty Shaw and her six children took time out of their day to make sure their police officers felt love and support.. All it took was signs with heartfelt words on them. The officers were very thankful for the gesture.

“This morning was a hard morning; it really was," said Darlington Police Lt. Kimberly Nelson. "But to have them come in and just to see those kids’ faces and have them light up, and say, 'We care about you we appreciate you,' it seemed like it erased some of the bad day.”

Daughter Brittany Shaw said it is up to both younger and older residents to be a part of the community. 

Shaw said the younger generation can make a difference by putting others first. One of those was her brother, who spent part of his 13th birthday giving his time to police officers. 

“He’s always going out of his way to help others," she said. "No matter who it is or what they do, he puts them before himself”

It's what officers do every day when out on patrol. 

“You don’t know what the day is going to bring or end, but I will say this, that every one of the officers at Darlington city that were scheduled to work showed up for work, had their uniform on (and were) prepared to do whatever it takes to protect the citizens in Darlington and it speaks volumes,” Nelson said.

Betty Shaw said selfless acts is what she teaches the kids in her family. She added her family didn't expect any type of recognition for their gesture.

However, Shaw hoped it would start a chain reaction of others showing appreciation for the community's law enforcement officers and its leaders.

“We back them and we certainly appreciate them putting themselves on the line every day for each and every one of us and our families, and, you know, leaving their families to take care of all of ours,” she said

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