188 law enforcement officers have been killed in 2009.
87 fire fighters lost their lives in 2009
At least 17 emergency medical service personnel were also killed in the line of duty this year.
I don’t know how many other people who provide the public’s safety died during 2009.
Any are too many.
Twenty years ago, Mrs. Dolly Craig of Philadelphia, PA, wrote a letter to an organization called Concerns of Police Survivors.
According to the Washington D.C. chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors, Mrs Craig wrote that she’d
… be putting blue lights in her window that holiday season to remember her son-in-law, Danny Gleason, 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 that year. She thought others might like to share her idea. Dolly’s idea is now her legacy. We shared it with others, and nationwide thousands of blue lights shine in support of law enforcement during the holidays.
The color blue is a symbol of peace. Put blue lights in your window, decorate your tree in blue, trim the outside of your home or the police station in blue lights. Let our blue lights shine in support of law enforcement this season.You will be sending a dual message that you support America’s peacekeepers and that you hope the coming year will be a year of peace.