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December 21, 2010

Project Blue Light in 2010: Remembering Those Who Serve at Home

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Christopher Bellavita on December 21, 2010

155 law enforcement officers have been killed in 2010.

83 fire fighters lost their lives in 2010

At least 18 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 2010.

Any are too many.

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In 1988,  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.
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You may already know about Project Blue Light.  (We wrote about it last year around this time.)
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.
If you can, please consider — during these final days of 2010 — displaying at least one blue light.

It is a small way to remember the many people whose often unknown efforts allow us to have moments of happiness with the people we love.

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1 Comment »

Comment by William R. Cumming

December 21, 2010 @ 2:46 am

The National Fire Foundation has the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial located on the campus of the National Emergency Training Center in Emmittsburg, MD. That campus was prior to FEMA ownership the campus of St. Joseph’s College for Women. The Mother Seaton Shrine is nearby.

FEMA once had the Public Safety Officers program before the Department of Justice became enthralled with it and use its superior bureacratic clout in Washington to operate it. It provides a stipend for qualifying personnel killed in the line of duty. I have forgotten its exact legal citation but it will go on forever now no doubt. One of the reasons for its existence is that many deaths in the volunteer firefighter ranks, much higher proportionally than professional [often union] ranks is that before this program death benefits were often rare or non-existent. I believe there were almost 500 public safety officer deaths on 9/11/01 at the WTC. More have followed from the contaminated environment. Despite former EPA Adminstrator Christy Whitman’s “all-clear” message. Recently the judicial system appears to have approved a $700M settlement of the case by the responders not otherwise compensated.

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