Light Ohio Blue campaign honors law enforcement officers

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Blue lights and ribbons can be seen across the state. 

The Light Ohio Blue campaign kicked off in honor of fallen law enforcement and those still serving. 

Officers on two feet and four are being recognized with the campaign. 

“I think it’s a matter of respect. Showing them we support them we will do whatever we can to help them,” neighbor, Ellen Seymore said. 

Seymore is one of several neighbors who have blue lights shining from the front of their homes for law enforcement. 

“They go to work every day and they know they are putting their lives on the line and I think it’s good to know we have their back in any way we can,” Seymore said. 

More than 30 cruisers lined the street from different agencies from across central Ohio. Officers from Cincinnati and Cleveland were also in town. 

“It’s a teamwork effort no matter what the uniform and the badge says, we all come together to protect our community, our citizens,” founder, Bill Swank said. 

After SWAT Officer Steve Smith was killed in the line of duty back in 2016, Bill Swank said he helped start this campaign. 

“It shows the sacrifice of the officers; everyone gives something if you do this job, missed family events, missed children’s events and spouse, but it’s a calling and it shows it’s not done in vain,” Swank said. 

In a way to kick off the campaign that honors not only fallen officers, but those currently serving, they hit the town and stopped at eleven locations like Ohio Stadium and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Three-year-old Tessa was all smiles meeting the officers Wednesday night. 

“I think it’s important she sees the first responders, that’s what’s important in our city,” mother, Holley Fannin said. 

As the businesses, organizations and homes start to go blue over the next week, people say it’s a simple way to show your support. 

“I think it’s great. The police are out there risking their lives and it’s a lot worse than when I was in it and I feel for what they go through and what their wives go through,” retired officer, Mike Lehler said. 

The light Ohio blue campaign runs for another week.  Officers said people can use blue light bulbs or even ribbons to show support.

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