Northwest NEWS

December 11, 2000

Editorial

Project Blue Light remembers police officers who gave their lives in the line of duty

Since January 1, 2000, there have been 135 Police Officers killed in the line of duty throughout the United States.
   In Washington State 22 Police Officers have been killed in the line of duty over the past ten years. This year on August 5, Clallam County Deputy Sheriff Wally Davis was killed in the line of duty.
   The Washington State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police (F.O.P.) and Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) are sponsoring Project Blue Light. Project Blue Light is meant as a remembrance to those Police Officers who gave their lives in the line of duty. The blue light also shows your support to those Police Officers who still continue to protect and serve 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
   The Fraternal Order of Police is asking everyone to place a blue light in an outside lighting fixture during this holiday season. I can tell you as a Law Enforcement Officer, it means a lot seeing a blue light on your house as I drive down your street at 3 a.m., because I know that light is there for me.
   The Fraternal Order of Police is an organization dedicated to Police Officers and their concerns.
   Anyone wanting more information on Project Blue Light, Fraternal Order of Police (F.O.P.) or Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) can contact:
   John Loftus, Vice President - FOP, Evergreen Lodge #1, Chairman of Delegates, Washington State Lodge, (360) 509-1141.
   or
   Gayle Frink-Schulz, President - C.O.P.S., 3020 Issaquah Pine Lake Rd. #84, Issaquah, WA 98029, (425) 557-7793.
   John Loftus, vice president, F.O.P.