Light Central Ohio Blue campaign starts this week, a time where neighborhoods and businesses change out their light bulbs to shine blue in honor of law enforcement and their families.
Roush Hardware in Westerville prepared by ordering extra blue bulbs to make sure they have enough to meet demand.
Westerville native Carol Alvord came to Roush Tuesday so she could make sure her lights were ready for May 9th.
“I will put them outside it’s just an honor to those who protect us and I think they deserve it,” said Alvord. “I do have a grandson that is a policeman in Santa Barbara California so it’s something very close to my heart.”
Kenny Bucholz is the Manager of Roush Hardware. She ordered the blue light bulbs two weeks in advance.
“We’ve been constantly selling the bulbs it’s a daily purchase for a lot of people. It’s a good show of support for the police officers, that we appreciate what they do,” said Bucholz.
“It’s more reassuring to know there are people out there who continue to support our efforts in law-enforcement who understand the sacrifices that are made, time away from family just to make sure that the members of our community are safe,” says Assistant Chief of Police Anthony Wilson of Westerville Police Department.
Wilson says it means a lot to the officers to see the blue lights and the flags with a thin blue line.
“People don’t have to say it sometimes they can just display it to know that there is that support out there,” said Wilson.
It was just three months ago that two Westerville officers were killed in the line of duty. Two men that Assistant Chief Wilson called family.
“This is our opportunity show our honor and respect for not only Eric and Tony but for all of the officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice,” said Wilson.
Alvord’s other reason for purchasing these lights – she knew officer Morelli who did special duty at her church, “He did such nice things. One man left his lights on in his car on a Sunday morning officer Morelli came into the church got that mans keys, went out opened the car turned the lights off and came back in and gave that man his keys now that is above and beyond the duty and that’s what these guys do go above and beyond I don’t think it’s a very big effort for us you put out blue light bulbs.”
Many blue ribbons are already placed outside throughout Westerville on Tuesday. Light Central Ohio Blue starts Wednesday and lasts until May 17th.