Officer calls community response to Back the Blue 'unreal'

Officer calls community response to Back the Blue 'unreal'
Officer Shipman presenting a $2,500 check to Officer Baxter. (Source: Jonesboro Police Department)
Officer Shipman presenting a $2,500 check to Officer Baxter. (Source: Jonesboro Police Department)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro police officer who is trying to help fellow officers facing unexpected medical expenses said the community response to the effort has been amazing.

Cpl. John Shipman wanted to find a way to help fellow officers Wes Baxter and Gary Jackson.

Baxter was injured in the line of duty. He had to undergo multiple surgeries, but has been unable to return to work.

Jackson's wife is currently undergoing treatment for cancer.

Shipman developed a line of merchandise using the slogan "Back the Blue."

The saying was designed to show support for law enforcement in general and in this case for Officers Baxter and Jackson in particular.

Proceeds from the sale of shirts, license plates and decals bearing the slogan were donated to Baxter and Jackson.

Businesses and individuals from the community have participated in the fundraising effort.

"The community response has just been unreal," Shipman said.

Shipman present checks for $2,500 to both Baxter and Jackson Friday.

"We're doing good… We're going to do a lot more good," Shipman said about helping those in need.

For more information or to purchase Back the Blue merchandise, you can call an order line at 870-933-1099.

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