Community shows a parade of support for local sheriff’s deputies

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Cape Fear community came together on Monday to honor local law enforcement officers in the best way they know how — a car parade.

Many area residents lined up in their cars for miles to show their support for the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. One of the people in attendance at the parade says they deserve this and so much more for all of their hard work in the community.

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“You can’t put it into words for what they deserve,”says New Hanover County resident Shannon Wayne. “I mean they are always out with the parades, with the birthdays especially with covid going on. They are always going out and reaching out to the community with their needs.”

Linda Lee, who organized the event says with everything they have done for her family over the years, this is the least they could do to say thanks.

“They have always supported our family,” Lee said. “There are always in our neighborhood, our community when we call them for anything, parades, or to show their support. They show up and they show up not only one, but it’s four and five of them and I think that at this time we’re living in we got to show them love. I’ve heard love is not what you say, but it’s what you do.”

New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon was blown away by the support that was shown by the community. He says this is why they do the job, for the people.

“For a group to come by and show us some love it means the world,”says McMahon. “You know it’s why we do it. This is why we’ve gotten into it, so we can help people. So, when they show their love for us and support for us it’s tremendous.”