INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 18, 2015) – Hundreds of IMPD officers are expected to walk through the doors of an east side church Friday for a warm meal before starting their shifts. The Father’s House is hosting the 7th Annual “Thank You” Roll Call from 5:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. to make sure officers from all shifts can participate.
Church members began setting up for the roll call at around 4 a.m. Dozens of officers who arrived for breakfast were greeted with smiles and gift bags. The volunteers serving the food made sure to say thank you to each of the officers making his or her way through the breakfast line.
“Police officers are human beings, too,” said Lt. John Walton. “The feeling of affirmation, and that people in community care, can make a difference in an officer’s life.”
For one member of IMPD, this event has special meaning. Detective Wayne Shelton is a deacon at The Father’s House.
“It’s awesome,” Shelton said. “I love doing this every year. I love seeing the look on officers’ faces every year. They come in one way and when they leave they are all smiling. That’s what we aim for. “
Pastor Chris Holland said church members look forward to this event each year. He said around 250 officers will stop by for meals Friday. People are invited to stop by to give their personal thanks to officers.