ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The shooting in Dallas last week that killed five police officers is encouraging acts of kindness among communities across the country.
Law enforcement around the country continue to be seen in a negative light.
“Police are always fighting for respect,” says Warren County Sheriff Bud York.
Sheriff York says an event like the one in Dallas last week doesn’t help.
“When you’re a police officer and this happens, the industry takes a shot,” he says. “You know they try to lump all police into some people that maybe aren’t doing the right things.”
York feels the majority of the public does appreciate what Police do.
“Police do this stuff every day. They’re working you know 24/7 365 days a year. “We do it because it’s our duty and we want to do it. We want to do a good job and it is certainly nice when people are respecting what we do,” Sheriff Bud York said.
On Wednesday, community members in Warren County showed police the appreciation they deserve.
Members of the community donated a 4-foot sub and sweets to the Sheriff’s Office, and Uno Chicago Bar and Grill in Queensbury donated nine large pizzas.
“People underestimate them, and look at them as kind of like a nuisance in a sense,” says Jon McCormack, the Manager at Uno Chicago Bar and Grill. “We just wanted to show that we do care, and we think we do appreciate what they do.”
Kate Sullivan, of Froggy 100.3, organized it all.
“People all the time are speaking what should be done, but we wanted to act,” says Sullivan.
Broken-hearted by the news in Dallas, she reached out to the local community to come together to highlight different law enforcement officers and thanked them for their service.
“We’re trying to bridge the gap between the community and the Police Department so that it is a united community,” says Sullivan. “There should be no reason why folks feel uncomfortable with a police officer.”
Sheriff York says it’s uplifting to see and hear the support from their community.
“It makes you feel good,” he says. “It makes you feel what you’re doing this for, that really most of the people like what you’re doing, and they’re glad you’re protecting them day in and day out.”
A stop at the Warren County Sheriff’s Office was just one of the many stops this week.
Sullivan will be delivering goodies from several other businesses and community members to various departments this week.
NEWS10 ABC’s Lauren Linder also saw that Watervliet Police received meals from the Purple Pub.
Bennington Police received doughnuts and a cake.