The best way to back the blue.

So I had all sorts of plans yesterday. Date Night for Valentine’s Day, or at least the Saturday beforehand.

But I had to make a stop beforehand. Which had nothing to do with Valentine’s Day, but had everything instead to do with helping a fallen police officer and his partner.

Green Island Police Sergeant Joseph Iachetta was on duty when he was involved in a horrifying car accident with a Price Chopper tractor-trailer. Although his partner – a K-9 officer named Rice – was uninjured, Iachetta himself was taken to a hospital and is still fighting for his life.

This is tragic. Iachetta’s a good man, and he’s got a family – with a second child on the way in a few weeks.

There’s already a GoFundMe page that has raised over $100,000 to help defray the medical costs, and you can help by donating at this link.

The Green Island Police Department is offering an #IachettaStrong T-shirt, with his name as one of the stripes in an American flag. You can purchase the shirt at this link.

Some of the Green Island residents are assembling a basket auction, and when I heard that items were needed for donations to the baskets, I didn’t hesitate.

I took one of my prints of The Long, Strange Trip, and brought it over to one of the organizers.

The Long, Strange Trip. Nikon Df camera, Vivitar 19mm f/3.8 lens, several different photos with filters, combined in PhotoShop. (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

Yes, it’s that lenticular Grateful Dead print. Nicely framed and ready for offering.

Listen. If this helps the Iachetta family, then that’s the most important part, right?

Trust me. Green Island is a tight community. We help our own. We do what we can. I’ve learned that in the 10+ years I’ve been in the Town and Village.

So if you’re able to help Officer Iachetta and his family during this tough time …

Go to the links above, drop some money in the GoFundMe or buy a T-shirt…

Or you can wait until this upcoming basket raffle takes place, and buy a ticket or twenty.

I mean it. Buy at least 20 tickets. 😀

You want to show support for a fallen officer?

Now’s your chance.