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Children make cards for injured officer

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Sr. Cpl. Matthew Wagner Sr. Cpl. Matthew Wagner

Many children who live near where a Dallas police officer was shot have been worried about him. So on Thursday their teacher helped them put their thoughts on paper.

Sr. Cpl. Matthew Wagner was shot twice Tuesday night outside the Wildflower Apartment Complex by a man who police said was acting suspicious.

The incident was a little scary for the children who live in the complex and it sparked plenty of questions for their teacher.

"And it just seemed to me that the kids were concerned and a little bit confused as to what had happened," said Maribeth Lipscomb with Heart House.

She encouraged her first and second graders in an after school program to grab markers and write him messages. They were simple, honest and from the heart.

"Get well Mr. Police. You keep us safe while we sleep," one student said.

"Dear Corporal Wagner, feel better now. Love Traviane," another said.

"I am sad you got shot. You are very special," still another said.

Community police officers were there to read some of the messages and collect the letters to take to Sr. Cpl. Wagner.

"Having the children start small in supporting the police department just makes them better citizens for tomorrow. It gives us a better working relationship with the children, the parents," said Sgt. Keitric Jones with the Dallas Police Department.

"I hope the kids know that the police are here as friends," Lipscomb added.

Police took the cards to the injured officer at the hospital Thursday afternoon. He is in fair condition.


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