WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) - Texoma was shining blue on Wednesday as many thanked those who serve behind the badge on this national law enforcement appreciation day.
"I woke up this morning not realizing today was national officer appreciation day," said Officer Jeff Hughes with the Wichita Falls Police Department.
That was until he got on social media.
“I’ve received personal messages on social media and I know some other officers have as well,” said Officer Hughes.
For 21 years, Officer Hughes has served and protected the people of Wichita Falls.
"Serving in the community in which I grew up means a lot," said Officer Hughes. "The thank you's, the handshakes, the high fives, the smiles..."
We got to see that first hand Wednesday afternoon as we watched Christopher Hanson, a Wichita Falls resident leave a thank you note on Officer Hughes patrol car. It happened unexpectedly as we were setting up for our interview.
"A very kind gesture from a random stranger," said Officer Hughes.
Hanson said usually he never meets the officer he thanks, but this time he did.
"To see his faces and to see his appreciation, it very much lit up my day and hopefully lit up his day too," said Hanson.
“Typically they aren’t afraid to express their displeasure with law enforcement, but at the same time you know our community is very supportive for what we do,” said Officer Hughes. “Most of the time, our community is standing up for us and supporting us on social media.”