Meet Dick Trayner
Cape's vocal supporter of law enforcement
His timing seems a bit more prescient. Cape Coral’s Dick Trayner had previously attracted mostly positive attention for placing yard signs supporting law enforcement. His “Without POLICE, Would your family be safe tonight?” signs caught on, neighbors scooping them up for their own yards. The signs raised some concern, however, one man in a Green Bay Packers jersey protesting the loudest. Vandals also damaged a pickup with Trayner’s signs in the bed. But Trayner says it’s our duty to support law officers, validated with the murder of police in Louisiana and Texas, he says. The very public campaign and the signs “say it all,” he says. “Police need to know they’re cared about. It’s the civic thing to do.” Trayner in his home state of Connecticut received a commendation from former First Lady Barbara Bush for assisting in disaster relief, he says. Veteran groups and others have also praised him for the truckloads of toys and supplies he helped gather for returning soldiers and their kids, he says. Backing police is an outflow of his life’s work. “I’m an American,” he says. “You support those protecting you.”
Craig Garrett is Group Editor-in-Chief for TOTI Media.