Blue lines painted on North Port driveways meant to honor police

Thin blue lines painted on driveways in North Port
Posted at 11:15 PM, Dec 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-09 23:15:00-05

NORTH PORT, Fla. -- Sally Lovick is unhappy with the way many view police officers.

"I started seeing on TV how people were protesting against the police and it made me really mad," said Lovick. "Really mad."

She's first took out her frustration with blue paint, painting a thin blue line right along the edge of her driveway.

"It's my way of saying I support the police, that I didn't need to be in a marching protest," said Lovick.

Now, others have joined the cause. So far, Lovick's painted the line on 13 different driveways.

"I think it would show other people as they drive by here and shows the police the support that we appreciate what they give us in this community," said Matt Mitchell.

Mitchell, a resident of North Port, was the next on Lovick's growing list of people who've requested the blue line.

"I think that so many negative things get put out there. I don't think enough positive things go towards what they're doing in our community," said Mitchell.

That's why Lovick is doing this. A short time ago her mom, who's health was declining, fell out of bed. The first on the scene were North Port Police officers.

"They helped me get her gown on her and they literally picked her up and laid her in her bed," said Lovick.

While painting on Wednesday, she got a surprise visitor: the Police Chief himself.

"I think it's an honor that she recognized the great work of the men and women here at the North Port Police Department and around the nation," said Chief Kevin Vespia.

Lovick's mom just recently passed away. She's got time on her hands, and according to her, a love for the police department in her heart.

The thin blue lines have become so popular in North Port, Lovick is booked through December, and on Wednesday, as a token of appreciation, the North Port Police Department donated money for two more quarts of paint.