LaPlace community comes together for blood drive to help deputies

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POSTED: Friday, August 17, 2012 - 6:45pm

UPDATED: Friday, August 17, 2012 - 6:49pm

They stood in long lines in the rain outside of the Saint John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office to show their appreciation and support for deputies Jason Triche and Michael Scott Boyington. They were both badly injured during the shooting in LaPlace on Thursday.

"It's good to see the support. People back their law enforcement and public safety people. It's just great to see all the people out," says firefighter Albert Anthony

Anthony came from an hour and a half away from Bogalusa, his hometown, to help. He says all emergency personnel are one big family and he wanted to do what he could to help out deputies he calls his "brothers"

"I work fire and EMS and being in that you know you need them to back you up. They expect you to back them up. So, it's just a small thing that you can do to come out and show your support," says Anthony.

"My father was a cop and I've seen fallen officers around him," says Monica Usry.

Usry comes from a family of law enforcement officers. She's touched people like Anthony would take time out to help.

"It's heart touching. It's very heart touching," says Usry.

But she's not surprised.

"This is a close-knit community. It's just we're close and we're going to help our fallen officers and their families," says Usry

And that close-knit community has a message for all the law enforcement officials in Saint John the Baptist Parish and across Louisiana who risk their lives every day to keep them safe.

"God bless and ya’ll keep up and God has his hands on ya’ll," says Usry.

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