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Family creates ‘Police Lives Matter’ bracelets, distributes them to local law enforcement officers

Katarina Velazquez
kvelazquez@greeleytribune.com

Victor Bernal, the Greeley Vineyard Church's event coordinator, hands a bag of "Police Lives Matter" bracelets to Cpl. Matt Turner, public information officer for the Weld County Sheriff's Office. Bernal is joined by his wife, Barbara Gisriel, and daughter Mylene, who helped create the bracelets.

Victor Bernal and his family have found a way to show their appreciation for police officers.

The Greeley Vineyard Church's event coordinator, accompanied by his daughter Mylene and his wife Barbara Gisriel, created a few hundred blue bracelets that read "Police Lives Matter." They have handed them out to police officers and families of those in law enforcement in Weld County for the past few weeks, and they've sent some to Dallas Police Department in the wake of the shootings of officers in Dallas on July 7.

Greeley Vineyard Church, 1015 9th Ave., hosts a dinner for the homeless and disadvantaged, on the first Thursday of the month. On Thursday night, though, Bernal and his family invited police officers from the Greeley Police Department and deputies from the Weld County Sheriff's Office to the dinner. They also presented a bag full of the bracelets to Cpl. Matt Turner, public information officer for the Weld County Sheriff's Office, to distribute throughout his office.

"We wanted to bring the community and the police department together on a more personal level," Bernal said. "We wanted to show officers not as a badge, but possibly a friend."

About 20 residents showed up to grab a plate of food, with more coming and going as the dinner continued. Turner sat and chatted with attendees he was familiar with, laughing and joking with them. He was wearing one of the bracelets that were just given to him.

Bernal said he invited representatives from the Greeley Police Department, but they weren't able to make it.

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Turner said Weld residents have been mostly supportive toward police officers in the area, despite negative publicity law enforcement has received across the country. He expressed his gratitude for the bracelets, and he said it's something his family members will wear with pride.

"Unfortunately, this is not the norm," he said, pointing to his bracelet. "But something small like this, means a lot to us."

Bernal said the reaction from police officers when given the bracelets has been tremendous and overwhelmingly positive. He is in the process of ordering more to distribute to surrounding law enforcement agencies, such as ones in Eaton, Milliken and Evans.

"They've been going like wildfire," he said.

Greeley Vineyard Church

The church holds its dinner for the homeless and disadvantaged the first Thursday of the month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at its location, 1015 9th Ave., Greeley. For more information about the church, go to http://www.greeleyvineyard.org.

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