TROY, Ohio (WDTN) – A Miami County community is literally paying it forward when it comes to law enforcement.
Amid national scrutiny for police shootings and law enforcement on alert for possible retaliations, deputies in Miami County are finding their community is increasing support for those who protect and serve.
“It’s been quite a few times in the past month,” said Hector Gonzalez, Owner of Lincoln Square V Family Restaurant.
There is more being rung up than the check at Gonzalez’s restaurant.
For law enforcement, each meal could come with a side of charity.
“I have seen a lot of people picking up checks,” said Gonzalez.
Deputies have been seeing the public’s generosity extend to other restaurants, too. Several times in the past few weeks, deputies have had their meals paid for by an anonymous customer.
The charity has also extended into office.
“Pizza, cans of a variety of nuts, cashews, boxes of chocolate,” said Lt. Dave Norman with the Miami County Sheriff’s Office. “Just today, we had two big boxes of donuts and cookies that came in.”
Those are just some of the many ways the community are using to give thanks to law enforcement.
A wall of gratitude has also greets the staff in one of the hallways.
“We see a little bit of it every year,” said Norman. “I think more so this year than in other years. I know we got really great citizens here in Miami County. I think they’re really, truly appreciative of what goes on here.”