By Abbey Snow
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Communications Dispatch Superv
“Personally, I have been participating in Project Blue Light since I was a small child,” Todd said. “Every year, for as long as I can remember, my family has been placing Blue Lights up during the month of December in support of Project Blue Light and also a reminder that we must never forget those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and been killed in the line of duty safe-guarding communities across America. This is a program that has touched many people.“
According to Todd, “Project Blue Light“ is a national program that expresses support for local and national law enforcement personnel, and honors the brave and dedicated officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting communities in our nation. The project has been growing across the nation and is taking place in cities throughout California, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Indiana, South Dakota, Iowa, Virginia,
According to Concerns of Police Survivors, “Project Blue Light“ began in 1989 when Dolly Craig wrote a letter to COPS about how her son-in-law, Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Gleason, had been killed in the line of duty and she would be honoring his sacrifice by shining a blue light in her window. COPS continued that idea which has now grown across the nation.
Todd said since Mesquite adopted the project, she has seen a great amount of community support. The local stores have had trouble keeping enough blue lights in stock. Furthermore, last year the MPD and the City of Mesquite introduced the “Beacon of Blue“ that was lit at City Hall during the Christmas Tree Lighting. It signifies the cit
“This year will have some extra meaning with the recent events of October First,” Todd said. “There were many officers from agencies all over that were in attendance at that event as civilians, as well as the officers working the event security.”
Many in Mesquite have caught on to this movement and are supporting law enforcement. Local businesses such as Jensen Property Management supported the project for two years now by emailing everyone in their contact list to join them in their support of the MPD.
“We want to encourage everyone to show their support, and feel it is important that we recognize the Mesquite Police Department,” Property Manager at Jensen Property Management & Leasing Lucy Rutner said.“
Todd feels it‘s an important time for citizens to express their support for their local police officers especially wit
Public Information Officer for Mesquite Police Department Quinn Averett said
“Participating in the project blue light is just another way we can show our respect and gratitude for those who have sacrificed their lives,” Averett said. “ We know our community supports what we do, and seeing blue lights is a fun outward expression and a great reminder to us of that support as we are out working within the various communities within Mesquite.”