Northland Police recognized for public service through parade

Northland Police recognized for public service through parade

Updated: October 17, 2020 11:10 PM

While most people are at home asleep at night or celebrating with loved ones on the holidays, police officers are out patrolling the streets, directing traffic and saving lives.


On Saturday, police officers in the Northland were recognized for their public service in the form of a parade. It was put together by a local organization called SOLE, which stands for ‘Support Our Law Enforcement.’

Rodney and Nanci Pointer, two of the parade’s organizers said they wanted to thank police for going the extra mile day and night, year-round to keep the public safe.

“We want to show the police that we’re here for them,” Rodney said.

Ron Matson of Duluth, a participant in the parade echoed these words.

“When I first heard of it, I thought: ‘I want to be a part of that.’ we need to support our police force, we need to support our fire department. These are all people that have sacrificed their time and energy by protecting our country and our people,” Matson said.

The parade drove by both the Duluth and Hermantown Police Stations. Lieutenant Robin Roser of the Duluth Police Department was present when the parade drove by.

“We signed up for a job that we knew was going to be tough. It's a tough job and any support we can get from our community—we really appreciate,” Roser said.

Even though the job is tough, Roser said it is worth it.

“We do this job because we love this job,” Roser said.

In addition to recognizing officers themselves Saturday, organizers said they wanted to recognize officers’ loved ones.

“Our heart goes out to their family members just knowing that their loved ones are out and protecting the community and hoping to come home safe so we want them to know that we support them and love them,” Nanci said.

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