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Some have shown their appreciation by bringing their departments thank you gifts, like cookies and pizza. In Struthers and Lowellville, residents are shining blue porch lights.
The porch lights show support for police officers and honor those who have died in the line of duty. In January of 2015, the Hubbard community displayed blue porch lights also.
Cassie, of Struthers, has a blue light on her porch. She says she supports police, and even wears a Blue Lives Matter bracelet.
“They’re out here trying to help you and they deserve the support,” Cassie said.
A woman who lost a loved one in the line of duty started the Project Blue Light in 1989. The effort has grown in the last 20 some years and has made its way to the Mahoning Valley.
For Cassie, the blue lights are personal.
“It makes me really happy, with my sister being a cop. It shows people are actually supporting her and all of the other brothers and sisters out there who are serving the community.”
The blue lights are just one way Struthers is showing support for their police department. There is also a sign that says, “God bless our police” in front of city hall.
“Everyone’s life matters. It doesn’t matter who you are, but they are the ones putting their life on the line to protect you,” Cassie said.
Law enforcement is also honoring its fallen brothers and sisters in blue by wearing black mourning bands on their badges. They say recent events, like the ones in Baton Rouge and Dallas, make it more difficult to do their job and force them to rethink the way they do it.
“I mean, we all took this job to protect and serve the citizen that we do provide service to, and it’s unfortunate that there is a divide amongst all of us for some reason,” said Sgt. Jason Longar with the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Cassie says she will continue to support police. Someday she might have another officer in the family as well: her 4-year-old daughter.
“She wants to be a cop when she grows up. She wants to be just like her aunt.”
The Walmart in Boardman is selling blue LED lights with a small base. The Boardman Lowe’s is also selling blue LED lights.