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Backing the Blue

Gloucester Sheriff Darrell Warren has seen support for his agency in the past, but nothing like the support that has been shown since the July 7 ambush in Dallas, Texas, in which 12 officers were shot, five of them fatally.

“It has seemed like, historically, the worse things get nationally, the more supportive people are locally,” Warren said. “I can’t ever remember a time I’ve felt more appreciated, whether it’s been a hug, a handshake or just a thank you.” 

Sheriff’s offices both in Gloucester and Mathews have experienced a wave of community support in recent weeks in the wake of the Dallas shooting.

“When it first happened in Dallas, no less than 20 people, some in groups, some in pairs, showed up at our office with gifts,” Warren said, including two women with four young children. They were bearing homemade thank-you cards and muffins, along with food prepared and donated by about a half dozen local restaurants. &l...

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