Citizens encouraged to participate in Project Blue Light

Citizens encouraged to participate in Project Blue Light

Posted: Friday, December 9, 2011 8:03 pm

Nashville – During this holiday season, the Tennessee Highway Patrol will honor the men and women of law enforcement who have died in the line of duty by participating in the Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) Project Blue Light. A blue light will be displayed at each of the THP District Headquarters across the state in remembrance of fallen law enforcement officers.   
In 2011, THP suffered the loss of two state troopers in motorcycle crashes, including one in the line of duty. Since 1929, there have been 39 Tennessee Highway Patrolmen who have been killed in the line of duty and one who died in an off-duty accident, totaling 40 state trooper fatalities in the history of the THP.  
Each captain in the eight Tennessee Highway Patrol districts, along with the nine scale complexes, will display at least one blue light during the month of December.  
A blue candle also adorns the colonel’s office at Foster Avenue in Nashville and at his home in support of the effort.
For more than 20 years, Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) has asked law enforcement families, surviving families, and police families to put a blue light in their windows during the holiday season. The idea began in 1988 when Dolly Craig wrote to C.O.P.S. that she would place two blue candles in her living room window that holiday season.  
One candle was for her son-in-law who had been killed in the line of duty while serving the Philadelphia (PA) Police Department and one for her daughter, the officer’s widow, who had been killed in a car crash.  
According to C.O.P.S., Project Blue Light now burns bright in the hearts of the nearly 15,000 surviving families of America’s fallen law enforcement officers during the holiday season. For more information on C.O.P.S.,  visit www.nationalcops.org
A list of Tennessee state troopers who have been killed in the line of duty can be found at the following link:
http://www.tn.gov/safety/thpmemorial/memorialmain.shtml
The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s mission is (www.TN.Gov/safety) to ensure the safety and general welfare of the public.  The department encompasses the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Office of Homeland Security and Driver License Services. General areas of responsibility include law enforcement, safety education, motorist services and terrorism prevention.   

wcp 12/08/11

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