Algona Rallies to ‘Back the Blue’

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ALGONA, Iowa -- Just a week since two Des Moines area officers were buried after being shot in the line of duty, this northern Iowa town wants to say “thank you” to its local law enforcement.

Bob Ketchum of KLGA Radio came up with the idea to do a community-wide celebration called “Back the Blue,” after the funerals last week.

"Highway Patrolman Tracy Teague from Algona was at the funeral in Rockwell City just last week when I called him, when he returned my call he said you know it's been a tough day were grieving,” said Ketchum. "I said that's exactly why we called, we need to give you a hug we need to say thank you.”

So the event was organized to allow community members to come to the Algona Police Station where they can greet and thank local and county law enforcement, as well as first responders.

"For them to go through all this effort to recognize emergency responders including the police department, we're very grateful that we are very honored,” said Algona Police Chief Kendall Pals. "I think it's marvelous KLGA Radio has always been a big partner of ours and when they approached me about this project obviously very much interested.”

“We understand that the law-enforcement community including other first responders is like a family, it's really a small family that's been grieving a lot in the state of Iowa,” said Ketchum. “So we want do something for the local people give them a hug say thanks."