Nashville – The Tennessee Highway Patrol will once again partner with C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors) this holiday season to encourage Tenne
Posted: Thursday, December 2, 2010 11:55 am
The Press 12/2
Nashville – The Tennessee Highway Patrol will once again partner with C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors) this holiday season to encourage Tennesseans to display a blue light in home or office windows in remembrance of fallen law enforcement officers.
A blue light, candle or holiday decoration honors and remembers those law enforcement officers who have given their lives in service to their profession and thanks those who continue to work America’s dangerous streets and highways daily.
“The holidays are especially tough for anyone who has lost a loved one,” said THP Colonel Tracy Trott. “This simple gesture is a reminder for the law enforcement officers who are no longer with us and a symbol of thanks to those who continue to keep our communities and highways safe.”
Each captain in the eight 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 20years, 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 Mrs. Dolly Craig wrote to C.O.P.S. that she would be putting two blue candles in her living room window that holiday season. One candle was for her son-in-law, Daniel Gleason, who had been killed in the line of duty while serving the Philadelphia (PA) Police Department on June 5, 1986.
For more information on C.O.P.S. & Project Blue Light, click www.nationalcops.org
Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc., is a nationwide, nonprofit 501© organization comprised of survivors of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
The Tennessee Department of Safety’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.
Blue Light program, C.O.P.S., Tennessee Highway Patrol