Art show honors emergency responders

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A former police officer is trading in his cuffs for a canvas.

John Kiernan, a 12-year veteran of the Fairfax County Police Department in Virginia, is now a featured artist for the National Law Enforcement Memorial.

First Presbyterian Church in Fort Wayne hosted the artist and his paintings in a special gallery Saturday afternoon.

His paintings honor emergency responders and each one takes about 300 hours to complete.

“This came very natural to me to basically paint a story, and each piece that you see here is story-based. This shows that there is more to just an officer. I think people forget that just because you put a uniform on, you act as a robot and you’re supposed to act a certain way and they go home and they’re still people,” Kiernan said.

The artist has raised around $40,000 in support of the National Law Enforcement organization.

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