National Police Week kicks off Monday, days after Yell County Officer killed in line of duty

National Police Week kicks off Monday, days after Yell County Officer killed on duty

SHERWOOD, Ark. (KTHV) -- Starting Monday, the nation will honor law officers for a whole week during National Police Week.

National Police Week is a week full of events where we remember heroes who have paid the ultimate price for their service. Local businesses are showing their support for police right here in Central Arkansas. Sherwood neighbors and businesses are showing their support through donations.

Already more than 20 businesses have signed up to provide services to police for a whole week. Shawn Tait is the store manager for Hollywood Feed. He said it was a post on Facebook asking neighbors for donations that made his company want to give.

"When you have a strong community that supports each other, it comes around in a big circle, and everybody wins,” Tait said. "Without them, I don't think we realize how much chaos might occur without those men and women."

So far, they've donated more than $200 worth of toys and treats. The week is even more important after 46-year-old Yell County Lieutenant Kevin Mainhart was shot and killed in the line of duty.

"We see your actions every day," Tait said. "And our customers and everybody that works here really respects you and appreciate what you do for the community."

RNR has also stepped up to donate to officers. They are offering a free tire inspection, balance and rotation and a free tire fill with nitrogen for all Sherwood Police Officers during May.  This offer is valid at the RNR in Jacksonville on JP Wright Loop Road, two RNR's in Little Rock on Markham and Baseline, and the RNR in Conway on Fendley Drive.

"We at RNR Tire Express are glad to be able to show our support for the Officers of Sherwood for all they do. They help daily to keep us safe and we want to give back and make sure their personal vehicles are SAFE on the road. Our way of showing we are out to make sure they are safe as well. RNR looks forward to meeting all the Sherwood Arkansas Police officers and personal thanks then for their gratitude and not thinking twice before risking the ultimate price to save the citizens of Sherwood,” said RNR Tire Express in a released statement.

Camille Smith front desk manager for Preston's Hair and Body Salon said it was an offer they couldn't resist and a way to recognize police in their community.

"We love Sherwood Police Department,” Smith said. “They are always driving by and checking on us."

They've offered more than $250 in services like haircuts and skin care, showing police the support they deserve. They are remembering those still here and those who we've lost.

"It's been kind of a shocker we feel like a little bit of Gotham City a little bit in my mind,” Smith said. “I hope that we just pray for the families of those that are impacted by this."

It’s not too late to donate. They still need food and other items. If you see an officer, don’t forget to thank them for their service. A full list of what can be donated can be found here.

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