Officer injured in shooting given 'Back the Badge' sign as show of support

Posted at 4:40 PM, Jul 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-26 18:24:57-04

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MILWAUKEE -- A Milwaukee police officer injured in the line of duty is receiving extra support through the Back the Badge campaign.

Officer Brandon Baranowski was shot in the line of duty on July 17 as he was responding to a domestic violence call.

He was shot five times, twice in the arm, twice in the chest, and one bullet grazed his face.

"It's a long ways to go but I'm hanging in there," he said.

On Tuesday, Baranowski was the first Milwaukee police officer to receive a Back the Badge sign after a couple hundred were delivered to the Milwaukee Police Association.

"I've seen them and it makes you feel good when you see them, makes you smile and happy that people are out there supporting you," said Baranowski.

The Back the Badge campaign started about a year ago in Kenosha County by State Representative Samantha Kerkman.

"In the last few weeks, thousands of people have reached out to me wanting to show support for law enforcement who are under fire everyday," she said.

Milwaukee resident Wendy Mueller just happened to drive by while Officer Baranowski received his sign and she stopped to get one herself.

"They are there backing us up every single day," said Mueller. "They're supporting us they're actually you know in harm's way with their life nowadays."

The Back the Badge campaign says they are working hard to deliver signs to anyone who wants one. They also have window decals and bumper stickers.