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Blue and white ribbons and other messages of support for three teens and their families have spread beyond Franklin.

Since last week, residents have hung ribbons in downtown Franklin and along U.S. 31 in support of Jason Moran, Michael Chadbourne and Sarah McLevish. Now, in and outside Johnson County more individuals, groups and businesses are rallying for the teens and their families

by hanging ribbons, offering prayers and raising money.


Blue ribbons have been spotted as far north as Crystal Graphics in Whiteland and on signs and other objects at U.S. 31 and Tracy Road.

Franklin students and residents have been using hashtags to share photos and memories of Moran and Chadbourne, who died after being pulled under the water at the base of the dam at the Big Blue River in Edinburgh, and of McLevish, who has been in critical condition at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis since June 6.

Thousands of people are following a Facebook page for McLevish. In Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and Gilbert, Arizona, people took pictures of blue and white ribbons and posted them online.

Local residents organized nearly a dozen fundraisers to help the teens’ families pay for funeral and medical expenses.

The mother of Mark Nally, who along with Trent Crabb pulled Chadbourne and McLevish from the water, said the community’s support has been essential.

“The prayers are not futile. All of the families feel every single ounce of prayer, comfort and support,” Deb Brown-Nally said.

Fundraising drives started Monday, when Franklin schools created a memorial fund for the families, and have continued this week.

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