Meet Dick Trayner

Cape Coral Living - - Radar - BY CRAIG GAR­RETT

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.

Dick Trayner

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