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Community caravan celebrates Reno Police in downtown Reno

By ThisIsReno

While most recent parades in downtown Reno have been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, a different kind of procession drove through the city’s core yesterday. More than 100 cars—most decorated with flags, signs and balloons—converged in a cruise to honor officers from the Reno Police Department.

Somersett resident Lee Graham hatched the idea, and many of the neighborhood’s residents rallied behind her, inviting more friends, families and neighbors to join the parade. The group’s initial estimate was that 20 vehicles would participate, but the number grew to 75. By Wednesday afternoon more than 100 vehicles converged the Gold & Silver Inn on West Fourth Street, where owner Jeff Paine allowed the group to stage the caravan.

Drivers set off at 2 p.m. passing about 50 police officers stationed along the route, blocking streets to allow drivers to proceed through intersections. Some business owners, employees and bystanders gave the group thumbs up as they drove past.

“Reno PD was waiting for us in front of their station. It was very emotional as we passed by them—honking, flag waving and yelling our thanks out our windows,” said participant Bev Stenehjem. “Most people in our community want peace and prosperity. Most people want law and order and appreciate the police. Most of us are horrified at the violence taking place in our major cities while the mayors stand by and do nothing.”

Stenehjem said that some of the parade’s participants feel like part of a silent majority because their viewpoints are neglected by news media, who she said often focus instead on small groups of people.

“It was a great celebration of people of all ages, colors and political backgrounds, coming together to say ‘thank you’ to our police,” she said. “And we proved to the world that it is ok to stand up and have another view point. That we must not be afraid to voice our opinion, too, as much as some people were afraid that we would be attacked by protestors.”

In addition to celebrating the work of local police officers, the group raised nearly $2,000 for the RPD’s Hashimoto Widows’ and Orphans’ Fund and K-9 Fund and provided a cake and other treats for officers at the station.  

Editor’s Note: Bev Stenehjem is a contributor to This Is Reno.



Bruce Parks July 25, 2020 - 8:14 am

Such a great turn out to show support for our Police! I really makes you proud and humble to see this many people coming together for a great cause.

Kathy Wild July 24, 2020 - 4:53 pm

I was proud to be part of the event and show of support for our Law Enforcement Community. They can’t be thanked enough. Thank you Reno PD, Washoe Country Sheriffs and all those who keep us safe.

Lynn Traylor July 24, 2020 - 1:54 pm

This IS Reno! I am proud to live in a community that supports law enforcement and values law and order. It also demonstrates the power of one. Don’t be afraid to put your ideas out there. Others will not only appreciate it but pitch in and back you. This is the time. Awesome Reno!

Debra Brown July 24, 2020 - 10:21 am

So proud to be a part of this community, and so glad that the “silent majority” has stepped up to be heard and show the appreciation that we feel. Thank you!

Susan Decamp July 24, 2020 - 8:36 am

This is Reno…Thank you for this article! The event was prodigious and positive and truly showed how much we appreciate our police force.

Cindy Sassenrath July 24, 2020 - 8:29 am

Thank you for printing an uplifting story in these troubling times. I can’t believe that Anyone thinks lawlessness is the answer to any social justice problems. We need our police to keep order and not become another Portland or Seattle.

Ivonne Richardson July 24, 2020 - 8:16 am

Great Parade coverage. This is the way we ” protest” in Reno .Thank you.

Maryann Baker July 24, 2020 - 8:13 am

Great job! So proud of my neighbors and our Police!

Nicol Herris July 24, 2020 - 8:13 am

Thank you for taking the time to cover this event. It is important to provide “equal and fair” coverage in activities occurring in our community. Voices and opinions from all corners of community makes us stronger and healthy. Being able to share them throughout our community educates us.

Laurie Agnew July 24, 2020 - 8:11 am

I am so proud of our community pulling together and demonstrating how supportive Reno truly is of our law enforcement. As a child, I was taught that the police and fire departments protected us from chaos and NOW we seeing how true that is. THANK YOU to our first responders and to all who turned out for this parade. Reno citizens rock!

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