Catlyin Coynes and Teagan O’Keefe are two cousins who have grown up in and around the law enforcement community. Together with their grandfather, P.D. O’Keefe, they came up with the idea of how they could recognize the local law enforcement members of the Northumberland County Sheriff’s Department. The idea they came up with was to cook and serve them lunch.
Grilled hotdogs and bratwurst smothered with green peppers and onions with all the sides and homemade brownies for dessert had officers standing in line for the friendly gesture.
P.D. is a retired police officer from Fairfax County Police Department and his son, who is Keegan’s father, is currently a police officer in Arlington.
O’Keefe said he and his granddaughters are a police family and just wanted to show their support to the Sheriff’s Department.
“We just wanted to thank them because they deserve it,” O’Keefe said. “It’s our way of demonstrating our support. They put their lives on the line every day to serve and protect the community and we just wanted to do a little lunch for them. Who doesn’t like hotdogs and bratwurst,” O’Keefe said.
Keegan and Catlyin were dressed in their Thin Blue Line T-shirts that stand for police officers standing the line against good and evil.
“Police Officers get so much negative publicity right now, it’s really important that people stand up and not let the ten percent of the negative get all the media attention. We’re happy to promote law enforcement and truly, it’s a very dangerous job and especially today, and it’s just our way of showing appreciation for them serving us,” O’Keefe said.
Sheriff Doc Lyons was very appreciative of the girl’s efforts.
“I want them to know how much I appreciate them coming up here and taking their time honoring us by cooking our lunch for us. We certainly appreciate it,” Lyons said.
If anyone went away hungry it was truly their own fault. Catlyin and Teagan had prepared plenty for the officers and were willing to share with anyone that just happened by.