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'Watertown Strong' shirt profits will go to foundation benefiting Watertown Police Department

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  April 24, 2013 03:00 PM

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Watertown Police Chief Ed Deveau proudly displays a 'Watertown Strong' shirt, given to him by the Watertown Police Foundation, Inc. The T-shirts are now on sale for $20, and profits from the sales will benefit the Watertown Police Foundation, a nonprofit organization that funds supplemental programs for the Watertown department.

This article was updated April 25 to define how the shirt profits will benefit the Watertown Police Department.

Anyone who wants to support the Watertown Police Department - and look trendy while doing so - can now buy an official "Watertown Strong" shirt, which are being screen printed by Three Twins Productions, a Watertown-based screen-printing company, and sold online only.

The shirt specifically celebrates police, substituting the "o" in "Proud" with a Watertown Police insignia.

Watertown resident Anne-Marie Aigner said she approached Mike Gilarde of Three Twins, and they have since teamed up with Wired Blue, the police department's website company, and T.R. Miller Company in Walpole, who set up the online payment system.

"In 24 hours, this group came together and the shirts are now selling like crazy," Aigner said in an email. "Everyone wants to honor the little town where this nightmare came to a happy conclusion and the local officers who helped to make that happen. As a Watertown resident, to think that my little town is now so much on the map – [it's] kind of mind boggling."

The profits of the T-shirt sales will be donated to the Watertown Police Foundation, a nonprofit organization started this week that will fund supplemental programs for the Watertown department.

The shirts are also advertised for purchase on the Watertown Police Department's website.

"All of America watched as they kept us safe," the t-shirt website reads. "Their courage made us proud. They never backed down."

The shirts cost $20, plus shipping and handling.

To view a sample of the shirt, visit the store's website.

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