Police are encouraging area residents to participate in a national effort to remember fallen police officers this holiday season.
Project Blue Light allows the public to pay tribute to fallen police officers, while showing support for those who continue to work, by placing a blue light in their window.
By displaying a blue light in your window during the Christmas season, it signals that you remember those who lost their lives in the line of duty, you remember their families, and you hope for a year of peace for officers who are still serving.
So far in 2011, 149 police officers have been killed in the line of duty; six of them were from Ohio.
The project is an effort of Concerns of Police Survivors Inc., of C.O.P.S., which provides resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
The idea for Project Blue Light began in 1988 when Dolly Craig wrote to C.O.P.S. that she would be putting two blue candles in her living room window that holiday season in memory of her son-in-law and daughter whose deaths left six children without parents.
Since that time, the program has spread nationwide. Battery-operated candlesticks can be easily found online or at local hardware or other retail stores.
Placing a blue bulb in them will serve as a community reminder that police officers protect and serve, putting their lives on the line every day.