- Associated Press - Saturday, September 26, 2015

GARNER, Iowa (AP) - A northern Iowa woman has painted nearly 40 blue stars on Garner city curbs - as well as some driveways and mailbox posts - in a show of support for police.

Karla Juenger-Rudisill took on the project Friday after receiving permission from the Garner City Council and homeowners, the Mason City Globe Gazette reported (https://bit.ly/1gXFjkn ).

Juenger-Rudisill, a Hancock County jailer, said she was inspired by blue porch lights used to show solidarity with police.

Her intent is for officers responding to emergency and other calls to see the star and “know that people are with them,” she said.

Garner City Administrator Randy Lansing said City Council members listened intently to her request on Tuesday.

“Everyone was in agreement this is a good way to recognize our law enforcement personnel,” Lansing said.

Juenger-Rudisill had initially planned to paint stripes - similar to the Thin Blue Line symbol - but had to choose an alternative since stripes are also used by the public works department.

She said the majority of Garner residents have been receptive to the project, which she plans to expand across the county to Britt, Corwith, Klemme and Woden. The Britt City Council will consider her request on Oct. 6.

Blue light bulbs will also be made available to residents. Juenger-Rudisill said she’d like to see them used through at least December, if not longer.

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Information from: Globe Gazette, https://www.globegazette.com/

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