The Dothan Police Department is sponsoring "Project Blue Light" this holiday season to honor law enforcement personnel who have given their lives in the line of duty.
The nation-wide program encourages you to place a blue light or a blue ribbon in your window or decorate your Christmas trees in blue in memory of fallen officers.
Three Dothan police officers have given their lives in the line of duty.
Sgt. Robert Jackson was shot to death, Corporal Robert Armstrong was killed by a drunk driver and Sgt. Shelby Owens died in a traffic mishap.
Project Blue Light also pays tribute to officers who are still on duty.
The Dothan Police Department has special blue porch lights you can use this month to honor law enforcement. The bulbs cost $1 each. For more information on Project Blue Light, call 615-3602.
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Project Blue Light
Project Blue Light is a tribute to those officers who continue to work on the streets and to those who were killed in the line of duty.
Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. (COPS), a national grief support organization comprised of over 11,500 surviving families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, promotes Project Blue Light.
During the holiday season you are asked to put blue lights in your holiday decorations and your windows and tie blue ribbons on car antennas to show support for law enforcement officers who have given their lives in the line of duty for the citizens they have served. Additionally, this will be a show of support for those who continue to work the streets 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Several years ago, Mrs. Dolly Craig, the surviving mother-in-law of Daniel Gleason, a Philadelphia police officer killed in the line of duty in 1986, sent her Christmas message to the COPS National office. Her daughter Pam, the surviving widow of Officer Gleason, had been killed in a car accident in August 1988, before the holiday season.
Dolly wrote, “This holiday I’m putting two blue lights in my living room window. One is for Dan and the other is for Pam, who believed so much in the COPS organization.”
Dolly Craig is now deceased as well, but her idea of Project Blue Light burns bright in the hearts of the nearly 10,000 families in the COPS organization.
Source: http://www.nationalcops.org/serv10.htm (Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc.) contributed to this report.