ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Hundreds of blue ribbons are now tied around a dedicated tree for Officer Cox right outside the hospital's emergency department.
Large blue bows have also been placed at various locations on SwedishAmerican's campus including entrances to the main hospital and heart hospital.
Employees say it's their way of showing support for fellow first-responders.
"I mean this is something that will be in a lifetime, you know, this will stay in your mind. We deal with a lot of officers here and they're going about their job professionally and best they can do and we're just all there to support them."
Children from the Ryan Jury Child Development Learning Center are also handcrafting dozens of thank-you cards that will be delivered to Rockford police officers.