Community to support injured officer on Friday with #BlueForBrian

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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Officer Brian Arterburn is still in the hospital Thursday night after police say a suspect intentionally ran him over with a stolen SUV Tuesday.

To show support, people in the Wichita community and even across the country will be wearing blue for the injured officer.

#BlueForBrian is becoming something like a movement in our community and some businesses are taking their show of support even further.

Cards, ribbons, and even donated billboard messages, all brandishing blue, for Brian. That's Officer Brian Arterburn, the 25-year-veteran of the force, still in the hospital recovering from critical injuries.

"It breaks my heart to see this happen to him. It breaks my heart," said Ott Smith. Smith used to work with Arterburn in the 90's and still chats with him.

"He's very loving, very caring," she said. "He's just the kind of guy you want to know. As a friend, as a neighbor. As a protector that he is."

Shawn Bostick is a long-time friend and former Wichita Police detective. He says Arterburn is dedicated to being a street cop.

"That's the backbone of the department - your line officers. Putting themselves in the direct line with the bad side of society," Bostick said.

"Brian is just an excellent cop, a great representation of the Wichita Police Department. He's the utmost professional, kind and courteous to everyone he met. He almost always had a smile on his face and a good words to say to you," Bostick said.

Arterburn, hurt while fighting for good, is now bringing thousands of people together who all want to show their support..

The Wichita Police Department says one way to do that - wear blue Friday.

Some businesses are taking it a step further..

"They're out there risking their life everyday. I didn't want to just wear blue, I wanted to help out," said Joey Lynes, owner of ICTea, a beverage shop on Rock Road.

ICTea will be selling blue ribbons and blueberry smoothies, and donating those proceeds.

Dependable Auto Sales in Delano will be donating five percent of car sales all day Friday and Saturday. Owner Steven Martinez says what they generate might be "small potatoes," but he wanted to do what they could.

Bostick says he's not surprised by the huge response.

"The community always backed us, always. Always had the police department's back in Wichita. It's one of the things that makes Wichita very special city," Bostick said.

There are many other businesses showing their support too. Wesley's new hospital is one of them -- Friday night, you'll notice their rainbow colored lights, all changed to blue.


As Officer Brian Arterburn remains in critical condition at a local hospital, a community effort encourages people to show their support for him by wearing blue on Friday.

"What (Arterburn) and his family need most are prayers and support," a Facebook post on the event, "Wearing Blue for Brian," says. "We are asking everyone to wear blue this Friday (Feb. 10) to show support for Brian and all of our law enforcement."

On social media, you can show your support by using the hashtag, #blueforbrian.

The family has asked in lieu of flowers and cards, that a donation be sent to the Honore Adversis Foundation on Officer Arterburn's behalf.
The Honore Adversis Foundation provides timely and critical financial assistance or services to police members associated with
the Fraternal Order of Police, Wichita Lodge 5. The Lodge is comprised of all ranks within the police department.
The address is 477 N. Seneca, WIchita KS 67203.
You can donate online HERE.

You can also stop by the Wichita Federal Credit Union at 9825 E. 21st Street and advise them you would like to make a donation.

Word spread fast after an officer was struck by a stolen vehicle Tuesday afternoon. The department posted its own words with encouragement on Facebook, asking followers to "Back the Blue". Expressions of sympathy began pouring in almost instantly after it was announced that the officer was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. Mayor Jeff Longwell led the way saying, "Please send your thoughts and prayers to our @WichitaPolice officer who is in critical condition this afternoon."