Two Kokomo residents thank law enforcement in a unique way

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KOKOMO, Ind. (Sept. 28, 2015)-- A couple of Howard County residents are going above and beyond to say thank you to local law enforcement officers.
Following the deaths of several officers across the country  two neighbors in the same city had the same idea to show their gratitude.

Gary Kemper's act of kindness has already spread across Kokomo. The retired school teacher created yard signs that say "Say Thanks to a Cop Today" as a show of his appreciation to law enforcement.

"The way things are going in the country...The disrespect police officers seem to have everywhere it just my way of letting them there's some of us out here...We're glad they're here," said Kemper.

Kemper took money he earns from selling wood to buy the first 90 signs. He handed them out for free. Neighbors are also showing their support with the thank you signs. He says officers have stopped by his home to share their appreciation.

"This sign in my front yard every one of that goes past here I want them to know someone lives here that cares about them," said Kemper.

Little did he know another Kokomo resident felt the same way.

"I'm handing out these bracelets to the officers around Indiana and they say cops lives matter and I put them in gold just for the simple fact they have a heart of gold," said Kim Achors.

Achors ordered 200 bracelets and she's already placed a second order. Her father is a retired sheriff's deputy so she knows first hand what it means to respect the badge. She says her positive gesture was right on time.

"Every officer I've come in contact with been an enjoyable event letting them know and some of them get emotional," said Achors.

Kemper is now charging $12 for his sign, which is how much it costs to make one. Achors said she's funding her mission, but if anyone donates then that money will go toward shop with a cop events during Christmas time.

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