Friends of police gather for Christmas Eve demonstration

Thin Line response team came together for a candlelight vigil in support for first responders.(Source: WAFF)
Thin Line response team came together for a candlelight vigil in support for first responders.(Source: WAFF)

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - With police under attack across the country, Tennessee Valley demonstrators are showing who their friends are.

A crowd of them came together in Huntsville for a candlelight vigil Wednesday night.

Eight-year-old Kadence Hayes came out in part for her dad, who's a policeman in Gurley, as the Thin Line response team came together for a candlelight vigil in support for first responders.

"They're the ones who keep us safe. They help our communities." said Hayes.

With intense protests and violence against police across the country, speakers said it was time to unite in the face of anti police hate.

Thin Line President and former Owens Cross Roads Policewoman Kathy Hooper pulled the vigil together in just two days because Thin Line saw an urgent need to step forward now.

"Now you're also having firefighters that are becoming victimized and you're having EMS is becoming victimized." said Hooper. "So when something happens to one Thin Line, it happens to all of us."

Supporters said Huntsville is different from other cities in that this area does pull together and shows more respect for law enforcement. Mayor Battle said that he was very proud of them.

"I'm very proud of them I'm proud to stand with them." said Battle.

Wednesday night's vigil included prayers for the hundreds of first responders killed in the line of duty across the country so far this year.

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