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Cedar Falls third graders show support for Des Moines police

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

The tragedy in Des Moines has impacted people all over eastern Iowa. 

Cedar Falls third grade teacher Kelly Sullivan says when she woke up and heard the news, she was devastated. 

She immediately texted her friend, an officer who usually works the night shift in Des Moines. 

"I heard back from him almost right away. I was so sad. I was devastated," Sullivan said. "Their courage and commitment to their job is amazing, and it's so important to honor what they do because they truly are heroes." 

Sullivan talked to her students about the importance of respecting and honoring police. 

Her class decided to make posters with blue lines on them to show their support for the Des Moines officers.

"They just got shot for no reason. I don't know why he shot the police officers, but it makes me mad," one Lincoln Elementary third grader said. 

Sullivan snapped a photo of her students standing together with their posters and sent it to her friend in Des Moines. 

He said he loved it, and it really touched him. 

Sullivan said she brought this quote up when talking about the shooting: "When I was a boy, and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers- so many caring people in this world." - Fred Rogers

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