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Funeral home hosts barbecue for local law enforcement

Published: Sep. 16, 2020 at 6:42 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - With the criticism and actions of police under a microscope across the country, All Faiths Funeral Home in Grand Island hosted a barbecue feast for local law enforcement to show their support.

“We have sent out the invitation to all the law enforcement to stop by, and we have brats and hamburgers," All Faiths Funeral Home Owner Daniel Naranjo said. "We just want to have a barbecue, a picnic for them.”

The Grand Island Police Department, Nebraska State Patrol, Hall County Sheriff’s Department, and police officers across Central Nebraska stopped to eat lunch.

“This is the type of stuff that we appreciate," Hall County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Jeremy Jones said. "When people put this stuff on for us just to show that they have that appreciation for us.”

The funeral home did this to show their support for police.

“We just want to let our law enforcement know that we’re very grateful to be part of a country where we can have protection, and so we just want to honor those with everything that’s going on," Naranjo said.

Law enforcement officers were treated to hamburgers, hot-dogs, baked beans and sweets. They walked up, grabbed their food and sat down to eat with their peers.

“It’s just good to have, you know, someone from the community, especially one of the business owner’s that we work with quite a bit in the course of what we do,” Jones said. “It’s just nice to have community members who support police, and let us know through these ways.”

Even with criticism of police across the country, local officers feel the love and support locally.

“In this community we have a lot of support, and we feel that as officers," Jones said. "We go out every day, we interact with people and the reactions I get from people are supportive.”

About a dozen police officers attended the barbecue. All Faiths Funeral Home also delivered sack lunches to those who couldn’t make it, and the Chocolate Bar in Grand Island supplied the food.

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