Kids serve up appreciation for Macomb County officers

Nicquel Terry
The Detroit News

Chesterfield Township — One by one Easton Bennett handed cold bottles of water Tuesday to uniformed police officers standing in the blazing sun.

Easton, 6, said he wanted to show his appreciation for the men and women charged with serving and protecting the public.

“They help us and we need to help them,” Easton said Tuesday.

Easton joined several other Macomb County families at a ‘Kids for Cops in Their Community’ event that served pizza, snacks and beverages to local law enforcement officials outside the Walmart in Chesterfield Township.

Mandy Caplis of New Baltimore said her 5-year-old son Carter came up with the idea as a way of thanking police for their service.

Caplis, a former Michigan State Police dispatcher, said Carter comes from a family of law enforcement officials. Carter was too shy for media interviews.

“Know that they are just everyday guys,” Mandy Caplis said. “They’re moms, they’re dads, they’re brothers, they’re uncles.”

The event comes on the heels of several police-involved shootings across the nation that started with two black men in Louisiana and Minnesota being fatally shot by officers last week.

Those incidents were followed by an ambush in Dallas that left five police officers dead and seven injured during a protest against the shootings of those two black men. In another shooting Monday, two bailiffs were shot and killed by an inmate at the Berrien County Courthouse.

“They are going through so much,” Caplis said. “Losing a member of the law enforcement community in the line of duty is a hard thing for any of them to go through whether they know them in person or not.”

Police officers said they felt embraced and used the event to introduce their K-9 police dog and show off police cars to the children.

“This is awesome,” Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Steven Briney said. “We are all God’s children. And we are thankful for times like this when we can come and enjoy the families and kids and knowing they are thinking about us and we are definitely thinking about them.”

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