Many stop to show support of law enforcement

The “thin blue line” long has symbolized law enforcement

There was no specific age-range or vehicle type of the people who took a moment to stop beside Montesano City Hall on Saturday, July 30.

A sports car, a luxury car, a pickup truck with drivers who were parents, a young single male, some older folks — they all took the time to pull off to the side of the road.

Once parked, a team effort happened with a roll of blue painters tape. Scotty Dagnen on one side, Walt Meek on the other, the tape stretching across the back window of the vehicle from one arm to the other, scissors passed from hand to hand and the tape cut at just the right length.

Why? To show support for law enforcement. The “thin blue line” long has symbolized law enforcement. With recent shootings of law enforcement officers throughout the nation, Meek and Bruce Hooper arranged the event at City Hall to help residents express their support for law enforcement.

“It’s in support of all law enforcement, not just our local police,” Meek said. “I’ve had a lot of good friends over the years who have been in the police department.”

Dagnen said the national issues law enforcement faces could become a local reality.

“Grays Harbor County is not immune to anything anymore — if it can happen in Sacramento or Louisiana, it can happen here,” Dagnen said.

The volunteers began their efforts at 10 a.m. and by 1:30 p.m., only one car had stopped. But Hooper then was sent to the corner at Main Street and Pioneer Avenue with sign telling residents about the opportunity to show their support for law enforcement.

Hooper’s effort paid off, with about half a dozen vehicles arriving in quick succession within 30 minutes.

Brad Shumate of Montesano was one of the vehicles to stop after Hooper walked down the hill to the intersection.

“I saw the sign at the intersection and thought why not,” Shumate said.

Shumate, like the other drivers who stopped, had tape put on his window and was back on the road in about one minute.

Meek said if they plan to help residents put tape of their vehicles in the future, they would have signs at the corner from the beginning.