Community spreads support for Deputy Gist with Blue Ribbon Campaign

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SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Support is pouring in from around the nation for the Berkeley County Deputy who was shot multiple times on Friday while on duty. While Deputy Kimber Gist is recovering at Trident Medical Center, community members are keeping her in their thoughts.

Residents in the Tramway neighborhood in Summerville started a Blue Ribbon Campaign to show their support for Gist.

"She's 25 years old, she didn't deserve for that to happen to her," says a Blue Ribbon Campaign organizer Marcia Faith Jones. "I think everything going on with the relationships between the law enforcement and communities against the other communities, I think we all need to come together as one."

It all started with a Facebook post by a community member who wants Gist to know people are thinking of her. Now blue ribbons are on street signs, doors, and mailboxes. They're also handing out ribbons to pin on shirts.

"It's very touching, it's good to see that the community is with us," says Maj. Jeremy Baker of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office. "It takes a collaborative effort between law enforcement and the community for things to work and this is wonderful to see this going on."

The movement is going beyond this neighborhood.

"You have to go outside your home community to your living community and to other surrounding communities and that's what we're trying to do," says Jones.

Sangaree and Goose Creek neighborhoods have joined in too. The ribbons are not only for Gist, but will serve as a symbol of unity anytime an officer is shot or fallen.

"Help these law enforcement officers realize that we're there for them just like they're there for us," says Jones.

Organizers of the movement say they plan to prepare get well baskets for Gist to show they're thinking of her during her time recovering.

"She's got a long road ahead of her, but her spirits are high and she's really doing well," says Baker.

For more information visit this Facebook page: In Support of Officer Kimber Gist.

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