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Ribbons tied for speedy recovery


Police chief's neighbors begin campaign


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Neighbors Donna Nalezyty and Heather Slayton affix another yellow ribbon to a tree on Martin Road in support of Chief Raymond Hawks. photo by Tom Wearing.

April 23, 2008
CAPAC — Following reports that wounded police Chief Raymond Hawks is improving in the hospital, friends and neighbors are making plans for his return home.

Hawks, 64, was shot in the chest last Wednesday after he responded to a reckless driving incident. His condition was upgraded from critical to serious on Friday.

Donna Nalezyty, a neighbor of Hawks, is helping spearhead a pair of efforts to show the community's continued support for the chief.

On Friday afternoon, Nalezyty and fellow neighbor, Heather Slayton, began placing small signs in the windows of Capac businesses, expressing support and offering prayers for Chief Hawks and his family.

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The same day, the pair was tying yellow ribbons on trees and mailboxes along Martin, Nettnay and Cade roads. Hawks resides on Martin Rd.

"We wanted to involve the community in a show of support for the chief," said Nalezyty. "Ray's more than a police chief and a neighbor to us—he's a friend.

"Whenever anyone needs something, he's there to help them," she added. "He's a very caring person."

Nalezyty said Ender's Florist of Capac, Kempf's Imlay City Florist and Creations Flowers of Imlay City donated the yellow ribbon. The signs were donated by Page One Printing of Imlay City.

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