FERGUSON, Mo. - If you talk to any of the 200 or 300 men and women in blue who have been serving in Ferguson this past week, they'll tell you about bricks and bottles and bullets lobbed at them nightly.
"One of my best friends got the windshield of their patrol car smashed out while he was in it with a brick. It's a dangerous volatile situation and it's chaotic," said Jeff Roorda, business manager for the St. Louis Police Officers' Association.
You'll hear, they've exercised incredible restraint in the most harrowing circumstances.
"This thing could have turned into a Kent State 100 times over and the fact that it hasn't is a testament to the professionalism of the police in this region who have stepped up in a remarkable way," said Roorda.
On the St. Louis Police Wives Association website, people like A. Rich write, "Prayers for the LEOs and their families. Much appreciation to all the businesses who have stepped up to help us out."
"Police wives out of Texas here. You are all in my thoughts and prayers as your loved ones have such a volatile and hostile environment." I'm praying for the safety of every officer out there and their families that this chaos soon ends." Praying for my family in blue!!!" wrote Donna W.
The I Support Officer Wilson Facebook page started two days ago and has nearly 20,000 likes.
"Everyone wants to know what they can do to help. We've sent money to the family of Officer Wilson to help defray the costs of relocating. We are working with county Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 15 to raise money for the family to defray their costs," said Roorda.
The St. Louis Police Officers Wives' Association is in great need of food donations as they've been feeding officers 24 hours a day, seven days a week over the last week. They are composed of wives, moms, sisters, and widows whose mission is to assist injured officers as well as police families in times of need.
The group has been overwhelmed and honored with the public's support during times of crisis, and are asking for donations to help raise awareness for the profound effect on the officers involved and their families during this time of unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.