“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.”
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.