Blue ribbons appeared on trees and light poles late this week in downtown Homewood, an effort by a group of volunteers to pay tribute to fallen police officers.
The shooting death Tuesday of Fox Lake police Lt. Joe Gliniewicz has attracted national attention, but it’s also a recent spate of police officer killings that prompted a group of Homewood volunteers to show their support for the men and women who serve their communities.
Volunteers led by Kelly Misner met Thursday evening at Irwin Park to make and tie blue ribbons around light poles in the downtown area. They covered Ridge Road from Highland Avenue to Harwood Avenue, Dixie Highway from Chestnut Road to Ridge Road and Martin Avenue from Chestnut to Ridge.
A small group met again Friday morning to finish the downtown decorating, tying ribbons to light poles on Dixie Highway and Harwood Avenue south of Ridge Road.
“It’s to honor all those who serve,” Misner said. “We just want to show our love and support for our police department.”
Misner was joined Friday by her husband, Robert, and by Erica Johnson and Lisa Syren.
The volunteers provided all material and labor for the project.
While Misner led the effort to decorate the downtown area, another volunteer, Lizz Molina, offered to make, deliver and tie ribbons for any resident who requested the service. By Friday night she had tied about 60 ribbons at local homes.
Photos by Eric Crump/HF Chronicle.