GR mother’s son was in middle of Dallas police shooting


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Blue ribbons were tied Friday by the family of a Dallas police officer and Grand Rapids native in a northeast side neighborhood in support not only for Dallas police, but for police everywhere.

Michele Duba said she was scared as she watched the news coverage of the ambush in Dallas where her son Andy Duba is a police officer.

The Grand Rapids native was in the middle of it as bullets flew, aimed at police, killing five officers.

“He was working. He was in it. He was in it until the end,” said Michele.

Thursday night, Andy sent his parents a text to tell them to pray.

“And that is what we did, prayed. All night long into the morning until it was over,” said Michele.

Her son graduated from Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School and joined the Dallas Police Department nine years ago.

Michele and her family prayed and worried — worried about her son, his partner, her son’s wife and two young children.

“She didn’t know if he was coming home, like most police spouses,” said Michele.

When it was over, her son and his partner, were safe, but there were no words for their losses.

“It’s a brotherhood. They are our family too,” Michele said.

So Friday, she and her family tied the blue ribbons around trees in their neighborhood.

“To show the police officers that we really appreciate them and we care and we’re so for what happened,” said Michele

With every ribbon, a prayer.

“Dear Lord, protect our officers and keep them in your loving care.”

She was still waiting to hear her son’s voice.

“It’s not over, we’re still praying and praying that it doesn’t happen anymore anywhere, and we want healing for everyone that was involved last night,” Michele said.

The Dubas say they plan to fly to Dallas Tuesday to see their son. They are hoping to collect donations that they can deliver to the Dallas Police Department.

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