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Naples restaurant, community shows support for police

Posted at 6:38 PM, Jul 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-20 18:38:16-04

A Naples restaurant is showing its support for local law enforcement. Emily Monty, who co-owns Spanky's restaurant on Airport-Pulling Road along with her husband, put up lettering this week on their business's sign that reads: "Spanky's supports our men and women in blue. Thank you for serving us."

Monty said that recent stories of officers coming under fire in other parts of the country inspired her to make the statement.

"I come to work every day as a restaurant owner. knowing that I get the comfort and peace of mind of going home at night to my husband and family," Monty said. "These guys (police,) they're going to work now and they don't know if they're going to get to go home to safety and security."

When Corporal Adam Hall of the Collier County Sheriff's Office took notice of the sign, he brought some other deputies along and got photos with the staff at Spanky's.

"It definitely means a lot to have the community's support," Hall said. "We work for the communities, so it's huge."

He said that he's noticed others showing their support for the men and women behind the badge in their own way.

"We have members of the community come up and approach us, and just give us a simple thank you," Hall said.

Spanky's customer George Gibbons echoes the sentiment on his favorite restaurant's sign - he has a good friend who works for the Sheriff's Office.

"I always tell him, please be careful out there," Gibbons said.