ORLANDO, Fla (WOFL FOX 35) - It's National Police Week and on Wednesday morning some special ladies helped our local law enforcement officers celebrate. Wives and children of officers decorated the Orlando Police Department headquarters as a sign of appreciation.
"You need that support system to have other wives to lean on and depend on,” said Jessica Anderson, wife of Orlando Police Officer William Anderson. “It’s hard being a spouse of a law enforcement officer. There’s a lot of stress that comes with it, a lot of work, a lot of worry, so to have that support system is really amazing.”
Her husband was run over during a traffic stop last July. He's recovering at a rehab center and he had spinal cord surgery last month.
"But then he developed complications from that, had ammonia, ended up in ICU for a couple of weeks on a ventilator and everything so it was really scary,” stated Mrs. Anderson.
That's why events like today are so important. This is the fourth police department the "Florida Law Enforcement Officer/Fire/EMS Wives" group stopped by to show their support.
“This year alone 92 police officers have been shot and 17 of those officers have been killed in the line of duty so it's great when people appreciate the fact that our officers are out there protecting others while they sleep,” said Orlando Police Chief John Mina.
Abigail Stanaland, 9 years old, made posters and blew up balloons to help decorate where her daddy works. "I really want to tell him that I’m really proud and I’m really happy that he's a police officer,” the 9-year old told us.
The Florida LEO wives group was created in 2013 to support not only the men and women in uniform but their families as well.