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“We’ll be home eat­ing din­ner and watch­ing foot­ball. They won’t be.”

Wig­gins do­nated the paint­ing project to Ris­ing Sun and Elk­ton.

With law en­force­ment of­fi­cers work­ing un­der in­creas­ingly con­tentious con­di­tions na­tion­wide and be­com­ing the fo­cus of planned at­tacks, in­clud­ing the re­cent deaths of five of­fi­cers in the line of duty across the coun­try, the thin blue line has be­come a show of sup­port for law en­force­ment.

Wig­gins, owner of Ac­cuseal, said mo­ments af­ter he ap­plied the Thin Blue Line in Ris­ing Sun, Mayor Travis Mar­ion posted the photos on so­cial me­dia.

“As soon as he put it on Face­book, it was asked, ‘Do the first re­spon­ders get one?’” Wig­gins said.

“It’s al­ready in the works,” he told the per­son who asked.

On Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, he re­turned to the cen­ter of Ris­ing Sun and added the red line for fire and am­bu­lance crews.

But Wed­nes­day morn­ing, with Elk­ton Po­lice Chief Matt Don­nelly and Ofc. Jeremy Fuller watch­ing, the Wig­gins fa­ther and son team striped the town road from Rail­road Av­enue to the sal­lie ports.

“It rep­re­sents sup­port from the com­mu­nity, sol­i­dar­ity for law en­force­ment and the com­mu­nity,” Don­nelly said.

Fuller, pres­i­dent of Fra­ter­nal Or­der of Po­lice Lodge No. 124, rep­re­sent­ing 45 Elk­ton of­fi­cers, agreed.

“It’s great to have the sup­port of the com­mu­nity,” he said.

On the cool but sunny morn­ing, the 5-inch-wide stripe dried quickly. Don­nelly paused to get pictures.

“It looks real nice,” the chief said. “Any time you want to do some­thing pos­i­tive to sup­port law en­force­ment, ev­ery­one is on board with that.”

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

Elk­ton Po­lice Chief Matt Don­nelly uses his phone to take a photo of the newly painted thin blue line on Bow Street. It’s a show of sup­port for all law en­force­ment painted Wed­nes­day by Chris Wig­gins from Ac­cuseal.

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