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Arnold police to wear commemorative badges in honor of Officer O'Connor

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Arnold police's commemorative badge in honor of injured officer Ryan O'Connor. (Credit: Arnold Police Department) Arnold police's commemorative badge in honor of injured officer Ryan O'Connor. (Credit: Arnold Police Department)
Members of the Arnold Police Department showing off their commemorative badges honoring officer Ryan O'Connor. (Credit: Arnold Police Department) Members of the Arnold Police Department showing off their commemorative badges honoring officer Ryan O'Connor. (Credit: Arnold Police Department)
ARNOLD, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The Arnold Missouri Police Department has announced they will be wearing a little extra green on their uniform during the month of March to honor injured officer Ryan O’Connor.

In a message posted on Facebook, the department says they will be wearing commemorative badges to honor the character, exemplary service and ongoing recovery of Officer Ryan O’Connor.  

“These particular badges feature both officer O’Connor’s name and badge number,” the department said in the Facebook post. “In addition, the special thin blue line and shamrock represent the ‘Fighting Irish’ spirit that officer O’Connor has continued to display since his injury.”

O’Connor was injured back in December when a man he arrested shot him in the back of the head in his own police vehicle. O’Connor has continued on his road to recovery at a hospital in Colorado.

Major Brian Carroll of the Arnold Police Department said the community support has been incredible.

"Not only the Arnold community but also the St. Louis region," Carroll said. " Actually police departments and members of the community throughout the country have been supportive. I know the Denver police department has assisted Barb [O'Connor] and their family out there as well."

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“First, we ask everyone in the community for your continued prayers for officer O’Connor, Barb and the entire family,” said the department in the Facebook post. “Secondly, if you see one of our APD officers in the community this month, please take time to thank them for their service."

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