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'Light Northern Ohio Blue' encourages communities to show support for law enforcement

Posted at 11:28 PM, Apr 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-30 09:21:26-04

A new initiative set to kick off next month is aimed at showing support to law enforcement across northern Ohio, as well as remembering local police officers killed in the line of duty. 

It's called Light Northern Ohio Blue and will take place during police week, which is set to take place from May 12 until May 20. 

In the heart of Kamm's Corners there is a sign of support for law enforcement in the window of Only in Clev, a T-shirt and apparel shop owned by Brian Lynch.  

"We try to be creative around here and make shirts. But, they go to work and there is a lot of danger, we want to make people aware of it," said Lynch.

Next month, organizers of Light Northern Ohio Blue hope many other businesses will join in supporting local law enforcement. Northern Ohio businesses, building owners and residents are being encouraged to replace their outdoor light bulbs with blue ones. It's an effort to both show support for police officers as well as remember those killed in the line of duty. 

"It's important to take time out to acknowledge what they give so all of our lives could be better, " said Grace Leon.  

Leon is among those leading the effort to turn on the blue hue from May 12 through May 20. Her husband, a Cleveland police officer was killed in the line of duty nearly 18-years-ago. 

"Simple gestures like a blue light or wearing blue is definitely uplifting for police officers to see the community supports them in big and little ways," said Leon.