Lake Cities Business Owners Unite to Back the Blue

Lake Cities Business Owners Unite to Back the Blue

by Susan Neuhalfen

After the recent police tragedies in Dallas and other U.S. cities, some local businesses have come together to lead a city-wide Back the Blue initiative to help Lake Cities demonstrate respect and unity for its hometown law enforcement heroes.

Mark Tucker, a local Allstate Insurance agent, Scott Fly, General Manager of Toyota of Denton and Kevin Pyle, owner of Pro Care Collision, have joined forces to provide Lake Cities Backs the Blue ribbons, car stickers and window signs to display its appreciation for the men and women in blue.

“With everything going on this year with law enforcement it’s important that we show the police officers our appreciation,” said Tucker, whose office is located in Hickory Creek. “I hope everyone shows them that we’re supporting everything that they do.”

This city-wide Back the Blue ribbon campaign will be in full effect the weeks of September 26th – October 8th. The residents of Lake Cities simply have to stop by one of the business to pick up their ribbon, car sticker or window sign and start showing North Texas that no one backs our police officers like the citizens of Lake Cities. There will also be other opportunities to honor them such as a cookout at Mark Tucker’s office and a coffee and donuts reception at Toyota of Denton.

“The great thing about this community is that everybody here is on the same team,” said Fly. “My biggest concern is running out of ribbons in an hour.”

Pro Care Collision is new to the Lake Cities area but owner Kevin Pyle was only too happy to show his appreciation to the local law enforcement.

“Sometimes we forget how fortunate we are to live in such a safe community,” said Pyle. “We owe that to the police departments around the area.”

This group of business leaders has also joined cooperative forces with Lake Dallas ISD to rally residents and businesses during homecoming week. The Lake Cities will be decorated with blue ribbons to brighten the roads and neighborhoods while anticipating the arrival of many visiting alumnae for homecoming week.  They are hoping that residents will tie the ribbons on trees, mailboxes and wherever they think the officers will see them. What better way to show the Lake Cities pride and as well as the support our officers?

Lake Cities Backs the Blue souvenirs will also be thrown out from the floats at the LDISD Homecoming parade on Monday, September 26.  After the parade, stop by the pep rally to meet local police and get your souvenirs signed along with a commemorative photo in the Lake Cities Backs the Blue photo booth. They will also give the public opportunities to meet and greet the police at Mark Tucker’s Quarterback Club tailgate party before the Homecoming game.

Lake Cities Backs the Blue will honor three area police departments: Corinth, Hickory Creek and Lake Dallas. Each has its own police chief and each its own force but there is kinship between them the you often don’t find in neighboring communities.

“They help us and we help them,” explained Debra Walthall, City of Corinth Police Chief. “If they need backup we can make the call and visa versa.”

Hickory Creek Police Chief Carey Dunn agreed that they always have an open line of communication between them.

“Our needs are so close that we talk all the time about what’s going on,” said Dunn.

When asked about the support the community has given them since the tragedy in Dallas, all of the officers said that ther departments have been overwhelmed.

“We have a place on the website where people can fill out complaints or compliments,” said Lake Dallas Police Chief Nick Ristagno, “We are getting a lot of compliments these days. We have a really great community.”

All said that not a day has gone by since the tragedy that they not received some sort of the support from the public.

“People have stopped by the police department just to give hugs and goodies to show their support,” said Lt. Jimmie Gregg of the Corinth Police Department. “For these businesses to step up and do what they are doing is truly humbling.”

This is the first time these businesses have formed an alliance for this important event and it won’t be the last.  They have upcoming plans plan to promote many community-wide causes to bring the Lake Cities together while encouraging more businesses to join in and lead our community as well.

Let’s Show Our Support!

Pick up and proudly display your free Back the Blue Ribbons and BTB car stickers!


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