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New group forms to support law enforcement

There have been numerous efforts in support of local law enforcement and emergency management services over the years, but two Alexandria businessmen will soon be rolling out their idea as a community project that they hope will last for years an...

Craig McMillan
Craig McMillan
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There have been numerous efforts in support of local law enforcement and emergency management services over the years, but two Alexandria businessmen will soon be rolling out their idea as a community project that they hope will last for years and years.

"We Got Your Back," the brainchild of Gordie Billmark and Craig McMillan, began as an idea three months ago while the two were sitting down having coffee.

As they talked about issues facing law enforcement, and with what was happening around the nation with officer shootings, riots and disrespect for officers, Billmark and McMillan came up with the idea for the "We Got Your Back" campaign.

"We are sick of what's going on around our nation," said Billmark in regards to how law enforcement has been treated. "We want to do what we can to support them and to let them know we have their backs, that the community supports them."

Although it is still in its early stages, the hope is to roll out the campaign within the next couple of weeks. A website is being developed, a committee is being formed and ideas are being summoned.

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The idea, according to McMillan, is to coordinate efforts throughout the community instead of having individual efforts that only last a few months. They love the idea that so many citizens, civic organizations and other community groups and/or individuals already support local law enforcement, but their hope is to have that support and love shown through the We Got Your Back campaign.

"It is our way as a community to come together and say thank you," said McMillan. "The idea of being appreciated holds more value than dinner and a movie." McMillian explained, saying that officers love the support they receive by way of gift certificates or treats dropped off at their offices, but that showing support by coming together as a community could hold more value to those who put their lives on the line each and every day.

"We need our officers. We need to back them up," he said. "And our hope is that We Got Your Back shows them that."

Part of the "We Got Your Back" mission, according to the two founders, is to educate the younger generation about the importance of law enforcement officers, whether it's police, sheriff, state patrol, firefighters, etc. They believe that respect for law enforcement starts in the home, not on the streets.

A vision statement for the campaign has been developed and part of it states, "We Got Your Back campaign stands behind our law enforcement personnel and will honor, respect, teach and support our men and women of these courageous professions, as much as humanly possible."

If you have ideas for this campaign or if you would like to join the effort, contact We Got Your Back via email at wegotyourbackusa@gmail.com .

Gordie Billmark
Gordie Billmark

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Celeste Edenloff is the special projects lead and a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. She has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in 2016 to once again report on the community she calls home.
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