Abilenians urged to honor first responders through 'Blue Hero Lights' holiday effort

ABILENE, Texas - Mayor Norm Archibald and the family of an Abilene officer who died while on duty in a motorcycle accident are inviting Abilenians to show support for first responders by placing "Blue Hero Lights" in their homes and places of business.

According to a city news release, "A Blue Hero Light is a single blue light placed in the center most window of a home or business as a sign of support to first responders."

"Our community has the opportunity to send a signal of appreciation to our community's first responders by placing a Blue Hero Light in your home or business this holiday season," Archibald said in the news release. "Join me by placing a simple blue light in your window or wrapping your trees in blue lights. It's an easy way to sincerely thank our first responders."

The blue hero lights tradition began in 2010 when Officer Rodney Holder family's neighborhood started decorating for the holidays.

"Neighbors placed blue lights in their windows and wrapped their trees in blue lights in honor of their neighbor and 28-year veteran of the Abilene Police Department, Officer Rodney Holder, who was killed in the line of duty in April of 2010," the news release said.

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