ELLSWORTH — Mainers gathered Wednesday afternoon in support of local law enforcement.
Dozens had marched down State Street and up Main Street to show their support for the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and their local police force.
The Back the Blue rally lasted for about an hour with participants gathering at first in front of city hall, saying a prayer and then walking around downtown Ellsworth.
“We’re a law enforcement family. My dad’s been an officer for 30 plus years. We just feel like in society today that its great that they know that they have people backing them and we appreciate all the work they do to keep us safe and we support them and we’re here with them,” said Kristen McFarland, the rally organizer.
Cars drove past the participants honking their horns in support of the group.
“We’re happy, we’re happy with the turnout, this is the first time we’ve tried something like this in the area so we’re happy with the support we’ve gotten today,” McFarland said.
Another person shared why he attended the rally.
“Cops have a heart, they all have a sense of humor. They all have a heart, they’re just like you and me, just because they put on a uniform doesn’t mean that they can get treated so horribly,” Ellsworth resident Dylan Flewelling said.
So far there’s been no word of any other Back the Blue rallies in Ellsworth or different communities in Maine coming down the line.