Lexington Police chief takes pride in ‘God Bless America’ car decals

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LEXINGTON, Ala. (WHNT) - Law enforcement agencies across the nation are outfitting their patrol vehicles for common, unifying mottos.

In response to recent violence against law enforcement officers, an article by the Associated Press shows more and more agencies placing phrases like, "God Bless America," or "In God We Trust" on their patrol cars.

In the Shoals, police chief Augie Hendershot said he's glad to see more police departments taking a stand.

"I know that our number one priority is to serve and protect the citizens of our community," Hendershot explained. "But, I also want people to realize that I'm driving in that car and I just don't rely on just certain things to protect me."

Chief Hendershot said he wasted no time posting "God Bless America" on his cars the day he took office in 2001. A few letters have some character now, aging with time. He said the motto really plays a big role in how they protect and serve the community.

"We've been on accidents where people thought they were dying in a car and asked us to pray with them. Those are things that are a part of our day-to-day lives and we just want people to know we're there."

According to the National Freedom from Relgion Foundation, some people feel statements about God don't belong on government-owned cars.

"I'm not trying to push religion on anybody. We just want people to know that we're proud of our country."

Hendershot said those letters are there to stay, and he hopes more agencies in the Shoals area will feel the same way.

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