With conversations of defunding the police going on in our nation, Nick Suplizio started the Back the Blue Campaign here in DuBois to support our local police departments.
“There was just a lot of talk about defunding the police and I didn’t think for our area I really thought that we were better than that. I wanted people to know that we support our local police here,” said Nick Suplizio.
Suplizio started the Back the Blue T-shirt campaign to raise money for both the DuBois and Sandy Township police departments.
He said Aaron Fairman owner of Downtown Imprints is making the shirts and Chad Barnard with CVB Media came up with the design.
“We’re just trying to pump out as much shirts as we can, it’s actually extended until the end of January,” he said.
Since starting the campaign in December, he estimated that they raised about $1,000 for each police department.
“The response from the police departments have been great, I know that the guys have been setting up things at their offices to try and get some sales,” said Suplizio.
On the other hand, he received a mixture of opinions from the public.
“We did get a little bit of pushback, certain people would call and say ‘I can’t believe you would do something like that’ and whatnot,” he said.
Those who want to purchase a shirt or hoodie can head to Downtown Imprints in DuBois, or purchase their shirts online.