Officers in Decatur, Avondale Estates get special thanks

Posted by Dena Mellick November 24, 2015
The Spencer family thanked Decatur Police with a holiday lunch. Photo from The Decatur Minute

The Spencer family thanked Decatur Police with a holiday lunch. Photo from The Decatur Minute

This story has been updated.

Police in Decatur and Avondale Estates were the recipients of some extra gratitude this week.

Decatur Police were treated to lunch by the Spencer family. A post on The Decatur Minute, the city’s blog, said, “We would like to thank the Spencer family for making and bringing lunch as a holiday treat for police department staff today. We enjoyed pasta, salad, sandwiches, chili, cupcakes and cookies. Thank you for thinking of us, feeding us and visiting.”

Lt. Jennifer Ross said the Spencers own the home that a man tripping on acid tried to break into in September.


“The family wanted to do something to show appreciation for the officers and arranged a date and made and brought us lunch today,” Ross told Decaturish. “We are all so very grateful to have a family want to take time out of their busy day on a holiday week to prepare and bring a meal and visit with officers. It means a great deal to us.”

The caption on this photo on The Decatur Minute said, "Yes, we like to color too."

The caption on this photo on The Decatur Minute said, “Yes, we like to color too.”

The Avondale Estates Police Department got a surprise on Monday.

An email from Chief Gary Broden and the officers of the Avondale Estates Police Department said personnel were called into a mandatory meeting with city manager Clai Brown.

“The topic of the meeting was totally unknown by all the officers,” the city email said. “Mr. Brown went on to explain that the topic of the meeting was an expression of gratitude by the community to its police department being called, ‘True Blue Thanks.’ Needless to say, all officers were stunned to hear what had been occurring for approximately the last 30 days without their knowledge.”

Each officer was given a personalized letter and gift from the community. “But it did not end there, while patrolling the City our officers observed hundreds of blue ribbons displayed on businesses, homes, mailboxes and in yards in support and appreciation,” the email said. “The experience has not only been appreciated more than the officers can express, but more humbling than anything else. We realize that the community could choose another agency to provide their security and service needs, but we instead have the privilege and honor to do such.”

The email said each officer would like to thank the community for its support. “It is our wish that our citizens have a safe and joyous holiday season,” the message said.

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