HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania residents are asked once again to display a blue light in their home or office window during the holiday season to remember fallen law enforcement officers and their survivors.
“By displaying blue lights, you will show that you support America’s law enforcement officers,” State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said. “Any police officer passing by it on some dark, cold winter’s night will be warmed by the kindness it implies.”
Since the Pennsylvania State Police was founded in 1905, 94 members have been killed in the line of duty.
The most recent death occurred on Oct. 4, 2012, when Trooper Blake T. Coble’s patrol car was struck by a tractor-trailer truck at a Beaver County intersection. Coble, who was 47 years old, is survived by his widow and two children.
“We are asking citizens and businesses to include at least one blue light in their holiday window decorations as a way to honor our fallen and active officers,” Noonan said.
Project Blue Light was developed by Concerns of Police Survivors Inc. (COPS), a nonprofit organization based in Camdenton, Mo., which represents more than 15,000 families of officers killed in the line of duty.
Additional information about C.O.P.S. is available at www.nationalcops.org.
For information about the PA State Police, visit their website at www.psp.state.pa.us