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Pair of quilts among special gifts

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    Kendall County Sheriff Al Auxier admires the two Thin Blue Line quilts made by Kate Whitsell for the families of two of his deputies who recently lost their lives.

The outpouring of community support for the families of two Kendall County Sheriff’s deputies recently has been overwhelming to Sheriff Al Auxier and his staff.

Deputy Carlos Ramirez died in the line of duty July 2 when he was struck by a vehicle while on a routine traffic stop. Deputy Matt Johnson lost his battle to colon cancer on July 5.

Among the many donations that have flooded the sheriff’s office were two special gifts – known as Thin Blue Line quilts for their colors of blue, black and white. They were created by a San Antonio quilter, Kate Whitsell, who is engaged to Kendall County Deputy Jimmy Eslora, a 17-year veteran of the department.

“I love quilting and I love the comfort they can bring. I wanted to do something special for these families going through incredible losses,” Whit-sell said, adding that while she has been quilting for about seven years, these were the first Thin Blue Line quilts she has made.

Each quilt features a heart made of black and white squares on a white background with a thin blue line across the middle.

“I make quilts with the hope they will be used lots and loved, they get cozier the more you use them!” she said about her hopes for the families to use and enjoy the quilts.

Whitsell said after she pieced them “my amazing friend, Amanda Birdwell, in Tennessee quilted them for me.”