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Oelwein Police show support for fallen brothers

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Police departments in eastern Iowa are showing respect to their fallen brothers. 

You can't miss the police car sitting outside of the Oelwein Police Station decorated with a thin blue line to remember the officers who were murdered Wednesday.

There are more than 100 miles between Oelwein and Des Moines, but despite that distance, the Oelwein Police are still hurting.

"It touches every law enforcement officer in a way that I guess only being another law enforcement officer can understand or respect," said Ron Voshell, Oelwein Police Captain.

To show respect, the department placed a patrol car outside of their station.

"When I drove by I thought, that's amazing, that's so exciting to see," said Alexis Buhr, Oelwein. "People are showing pride in our department."

People of the community stopped by Thursday to show their support. One woman left flowers and a message reading: "Thank you for everything you do."

The Oelwein Police Department says the display is not for them, it's for their fallen brothers. 

"The patrol car out there is not about us, it's about citizenry when they drive by it," said Voshell. "It's so they remember those two officers and they remember the sacrifices officers make nation wide."

Buhr says law enforcement across the nation is hurting and so is she, after hearing the news.

"I am disgusted, angry, and sad," said Buhr. "I just don't understand why someone would want to take someone's life and why would you want to take someone's life who is essentially protecting yours?"

The Oelwein Police say they feel valued and honored that people are taking the time to place items on the patrol car.

Police say the patrol car will remain on display until both officers are laid to rest.

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