LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – Many people in the community continue to show their respect for Officer Mario Herrera and his family. Some tie blue ribbons around their trees or place signs in their front gardens. A Lincoln screen printing company is now doing their part to help.
Working with the Lincoln Police Department is nothing new to Art F / X Screen Printing and Embroidery. The owner’s brother is a retired Lincoln Police officer and one of their delivery drivers.
When they heard of Officer Herrera’s death, they knew they had to do more. At the same time, one of the officers working with Herrera held out a hand.
The idea arose on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020. It’s a shirt design honoring Officer Herrera. One of the officers told the company that one of Herrera’s doctors said he was “unusually tough” while fighting for his life. This phrase is printed on the shirt on a thin blue line above a flag.
Art F / X owner Kevin Sherrill tells 10/11 that he was honored when asked to do the design. “I pray for all of them. It must be so hard because it sounds like he’s a wonderful, wonderful man. I know my driver knew him and it’s just very rewarding to know that we can help. It just means a lot, ”said Sherrill.
Officer Herrera’s ID number 1205 is printed on the back of each shirt.
The design comes on t-shirts and hoodies for adults and children. Shirts start at $ 17 and all proceeds go to Herrera’s family.
So far, the shirts have helped raise more than $ 10,000 and the owner expects that number to keep growing.
Sherrill said, “I think that’s the whole thing. You want that respect for the family, but you want to help them somehow. It’s just a nice kind, and I think some kind of keepsake for some people. “
Sherrill said he thinks the orders for Herrera’s shirts will be his biggest order this year. Almost 500 orders have already been placed.
The company has announced that it will continue to take shirt orders through Monday, September 21, 2020. Orders are expected to be shipped or in-store for at least the end of this month. If you would like to order a shirt, click HERE.
Art F / X isn’t the only Lincoln company helping. Gloria Deo, a Lincoln bookstore, also sells advertising signs promoting Officer Herrera. All proceeds also go to Herrera’s family. To order one, click HERE.
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