LOCAL DAY CARE SHOWS SUPPORT FOR VISITING POLICE OFFICERS IN WAKE OF FALLEN OFFICER

Cousette Daycare

Story by WVUA 23’s Chelsea Barton.

When Lt. Chris James and Sgt. Brian Canterbury of the Tuscaloosa Police Department arrived at Imagination Station Child Development Center on Thursday morning, they were greeted by students who were ready to show them support and love after a trying week.

James and Canterbury were visiting Imagination Station as a part of the center’s annual Community Helper’s Week, which allows students to interact with people serving important jobs in the Tuscaloosa community. But the visit took on an added sense of importance after James and Canterbury lost a brother in the line of duty earlier this week when Tuscaloosa Police Officer Dornell Cousette was killed in the line of duty.

The children greeted the officers while wearing blue and holding up signs with supportive messages.

“They are little and while they don’t understand everything, they really do grasp more than we can see,” said Courtney Christian, the administrative assistant at Imagination Station. “So the fact that we have people who are teaching these kids that these officers are here for us and protect us, it’s amazing to see their unconditional love for them.”

The officers arrived at Imagination Station in a police helicopter.

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