WOODVILLE - A Woodville woman has gone back to the "basics" to send a profound message. Dusty Sturrock, a woman with Down syndrome, has made dozens of bracelets to "back the blue."
Dusty considers police officers her family. Her cousin currently works with the Tyler County Sheriff's Office. And, her father is a reserve officer who's been on the job for 22 years.
She had a simple mission to make 115 blue bracelets to show gratitude to the Tyler County Sheriff's Office, people she considers family.
"Thank you for the service and keeping us safe," she said.
At a time of strife and hand-wringing. Of fire and blood in America's cities over tensions with police, Dusty has an uncomplicated message: thank you.
"I was raised in this building," Sturrock said.
She’s been around law enforcement her whole life. Dusty's father, Clint, is a 22 year veteran at the Tyler County Sheriff's Office, and he couldn't be more proud of her.
"Everybody knows Dusty, they know she loves everybody and that's the whole thing behind this. This is her family but if you get to know her she loves everybody and that's what we want about this."
Her cousin is Tyler County Sheriff's deputy Haiden Hughes, who is humbled by Dusty's gift, along with support from the community.
"Feel like it's a calling, you know, not a lot of people agree with it. But you got to do what you got to do. Love what you do and you'll never work a day of your life. And having support from friends and family, people in community, makes everything a lot easier."
Hughes thanked Dusty for the kindness she shows on a daily basis.
"I love you, Dusty."
"I love you too, Haiden Hughes,” she responded.
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