Shine Blue Lights
May is the 1st Annual Shine Blue Lights tribute and remembrance for sheriff’s deputies and all other peace officers serving Carson City. Merchants and residents can turn on blue lights outside businesses and on home porches to show their support.
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Shine Blue Lights is New Annual Event Honoring Sheriff’s Deputies
CARSON CITY, Nev. – Shine Blue Lights, a heartfelt plan now unfolding in Nevada’s capital city to honor sheriff’s deputies and those who died on the job, will become an annual May event, Mayor Bob Crowell and the Carson City Board of Supervisors declared Thursday (April 20).
The board issued a proclamation designating the month of May as the 1st Annual Shine Blue Lights tribute and remembrance for sheriff’s deputies and all other peace officers serving Carson City. Merchants and residents can turn on blue lights outside businesses and on home porches to show their support.
“Turning on a blue light is a simple but meaningful action we each can take to publicly display our appreciation for the men and women behind the badge who have our backs,” Mayor Bob Crowell said. “We support our brave officers who face danger -- and possibly even death – every day, tackling criminal activity, answering frantic 911 calls and dealing with any emergency.”
The program, funded by donations, was proposed by a small volunteer group and quickly won enthusiastic support at City Hall, the Carson City Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Business Association and the Campagni Auto Group, which is providing free blue lights to the public at its dealerships. The business association purchased blue ribbon to adorn city light posts.
Shining blue lights is a national trend in a number of cities that has existed for several decades. It is especially visible in the month of May, which celebrates National Police Week May 14-20.
“As Nevada’s capital city, it is appropriate for us to establish Shine Blue Lights as an annual event to be observed every May,” Crowell said. “We hope it will encourage other cities around our state to get in the spirit and initiate a similar program so that all Nevada police officers, sheriff’s deputies and the Nevada Highway Patrol will receive visual support from the people they protect.”
Carson City will participate in the 20th Annual Nevada Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony May 4 on the Capitol grounds to honor the 130 officers from around the state killed in the line of duty since 1861.
The ceremony will commemorate the officer most recently killed in Nevada, North Las Vegas Police Detective Chad Parque who died Jan. 7, when a wrong-way driver hit his car head-on. The last officer to die on the job in Carson City was Sheriff’s Deputy Carl Howell, shot and killed Aug. 15, 2015, while responding to a domestic violence call.