Community members outraged after first responders sign is vandalized

Some community members are outraged over a vandalized sign thanking first responders.

Posted: Jul 4, 2020 9:20 AM
Updated: Jul 6, 2020 8:21 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Some community members are outraged and say they feel disrespected over a vandalized sign thanking first responders.

"Every time they want to damage it, there will be somebody to fix it," said community member, David Genova.

People here say this the second time the word police has been crossed off of this sign on Bruce Road in Chico.

Laurie Maloney drives by the sign all the time. She said she noticed the word 'police' blurred out.

"It was a Camp Fire survivor that wrote up the sign and said thank you to police, fire, and first responders,” Maloney said. “We all know how great police officers were with the Camp Fire and how many lives they saved, the first sight of that just made me very angry.”

Maloney isn't the only person bothered by the vandalism.

"I think it's completely disrespectful our local police has done so much to support our community, especially during the Camp Fire and they deserve our support,” said community member, Kelsey Forward.

"They have done great things for us during the Camp Fire, during the dam tragedy that we had, there were so many emergencies - [and] that they do on a daily basis - that they do for us that I found very disrespectful that they painted that out," said community member, Teri Debose.

On Wednesday, a community member grabbed her paint and paintbrush and painted the word police back onto the sign.

"I went to run an errand and I went back through that intersection on purpose to see and my friend happened to be out there painting it at the time so of course I pulled over and was just happy to see her representing," said Maloney.

Maloney said she posted the picture on Facebook page receiving an abundance amount of support. She said she is very proud of how fast the community reacted at fixing the sign.

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