TFC Stu Recke
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 2, Nortonville
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Project Blue Light
Date of News Release: 12/6/2004
Madisonville, KY - The Kentucky State Police is asking those decorating for the holidays to include blue light bulbs in their candles that are placed in the windows.
Captain Leslie Gannon, commander of the Kentucky State Police Post in Madisonville stated, " the blue light is symbolic of emergency workers who have fallen in the line of duty and a tribute to the men and women who work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week."
Captain Gannon went on to state that "it's a small way to let the community and emergency workers know that we all appreciate the sacrifices made in the name of selfless public protection."
In 1989, Concerns Of Police Survivors (COPS) received a letter from Mrs. Dolly Craig of Philadelphia, PA, stating that she'd be putting blue lights in her window that holiday season. The lights would remember her son-in-law Danny Gleason, a Philadelphia (PA) Police Officer who was killed in the line of duty in 1986, and her daughter, Pam, Danny's widow, who was killed in an auto accident earlier in 1989. She thought others might like to share her idea. Dolly's idea is now her legacy.
COPS shared the idea with others. Now thousands of blue lights shine nationwide during the holiday season to honor and remember those who have given their lives in service to the profession. The blue lights also thank those who continue to work America's dangerous streets each and every day of the year.
Twenty-three (23) troopers have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty in the history of the Kentucky State Police.