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How YOU Can Support ATL Police Officers
Posted on Jun 3rd, 2020

From J.P. Matzigkeit:
 
Regardless of how we view the protests in Atlanta, I hope there is one thing upon which we can all agree: With rare exception, our first responders (police, fire and city jailers) have performed admirably.
 
That is why I am writing. I would like to enlist the support of District 8 neighborhood associations to show our gratitude.
 
Our uniformed personnel have worked 12-hour shifts, day-in-day-out, often under very trying conditions. One, Police Motors Unit Officer Maximillian Brewer, was seriously injured when he was struck by an all-terrain vehicle. 
A Go Fund Me Page has been established to aid him and his family (https://bit.ly/2zNWVPI) as he fights to recover in the Intensive Care Unit at Grady Memorial Hospital.
 
Public safety is my #1 priority.  Many police officers have been called to the front lines in heavy protective gear in fierce summer heat. The people they encounter range from peaceful protesters, to belligerent agitators, to opportunistic looters. And they are expected to deal professionally while under intense scrutiny.
 
Atlanta Fire&Rescue personnel have put out fires in Buckhead, some intentionally set. I met with weary firefighters of FS21 last Saturday morning as they returned from working all night.
 
Our corrections officers at the city jail have dealt with a surge in arrests totaling over 500 since the protests began.
 
I am incredibly grateful to our public safety officers for what they are doing to keep us safe, and I invite you to join in showing our appreciation.
 
Here are a couple of ways: 
 
Take food and/or drinks to our Zone 2 police officers (3120 Maple Dr. NE ; 404-848-7231) or to our three Buckhead fire stations --- #21, 3201 Roswell Road; #26, 2970 Howell Mill Road, #27, 4260 Northside Drive.  Please contact Jim Elgar at jqelgar@atlantaga.gov for more information and how you can participate.
 
 
I can assure you that the women and men who protect and serve us will be grateful for your support.
 
Thank you,
 
J.P.