Hundreds rally in Dauphin Island to 'Back the Blue,' and the Billas
DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (WPMI) —
NBC 15 was the only station in attendance as the Guardian Angels of the Thin Blue Line showed up in droves Saturday to support law enforcement and first responders.
Community members, kids and town officials all joined to make signs, don shirts with a thin blue line and show appreciation for those who risk their lives to keep people safe. Organizer Lillian Ryan wanted the community and police to come together. “They are our lifeline, they are our protection.”
She said now more than ever, the community needs to stand up in support of law enforcement.
One of those in attendance? Erin Billa, the wife of fallen Mobile officer Justin Billa and their son. Billa said it was nice to see those in attendance backing the blue.
And there was no shortage of support for the young mother. Mayor Jeff Collier said the loss of Justin hit the town hard, and they wanted to do something to show their support for her as well.
For little McKenzie, she just wanted to wave a flag in honor of her daddy. “He’s brave,” she told NBC 15.
We also talked to Dauphin Island police chief Kym Claw who said he was grateful from the bottom of his heart for the show of support.
To end the rally, attendees lined up shoulder to shoulder with officers alongside the road to show the thin blue line, they’ve got your six.
Tonight at 10, we’ll tell you about the special gesture they made and the even more special guest who led the line in support of the Thin Blue Line.
For more information on the Guardians group, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Erin Billa’s foundation in honor of her husband, the Justin Billa Memorial Foundation, will hold its first event is May 20 at noon at Medal of Honor Park.
The Guardian’s next event is a fishing tournament coinciding with the first day of snapper season.