Ala. girl, 10, offers free lemonade to cops after deputy’s LODD

The local police chief says he’s grateful to work in such a supportive community

By Suzie Ziegler

ALABASTER, Ala. — A young girl is showing her support for police by offering free lemonade to local law enforcement, according to the Shelby County Reporter. Handley Abbott, 10, was inspired to help police after she learned about the recent death of Alabama deputy Brad Johnson, the report said. Johnson was shot and mortally wounded during a pursuit on June 29. 

“She had already been planning to have a lemonade stand that morning,” Handley’s mom, Lacie, told the Shelby County Reporter. “She heard about the officer that was killed last week, and she wanted to offer free lemonade to law enforcement.” 

Lacie says the lemonade stand was well-attended. 

“One of the police officers on duty saw the stand and called the other officers on his shift,” Lacie said. “Five police SUVs came around the corner at once and the kids were in shock. I was in tears. It was such a cool experience.” 

Lacie says the officers handed out police badge stickers and donations even though Abbott offered the lemonade for free.  

Curtis Rigney, Alabaster’s Chief of Police, says he’s grateful to work in a supportive community. 

“As a department, our officers take opportunities to interact with the community whenever we have the chance,” Rigney told the Shelby County Reporter. “We appreciate the relationship we have with our community.” 

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