GALLIA COUNTY — The Gallipolis Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Gallia Sheriff’s Office have joined the Light Ohio Blue campaign to show support for law enforcement personnel who protect communities throughout the state.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which the date falls as Police Week. The Light Ohio Blue campaign coincides with activities associated to Police Week. This year’s dates are Wednesday, May 8, to Thursday, May 16.
Businesses and residents in Gallia and Meigs Counties are encouraged by the patrol to show their support for law enforcement officer who have died in the line of duty and those currently serving, both sworn and civilian staff.
How can one help Light Ohio Blue? Place a blue light in an exterior porch light, wrap blue Christmas lights around homes and businesses, light up the home or business with blue flood lights, place blue ribbons on mailboxes or posts, wear blue on May 15 and tell friends and family to post pictures to social media using #LightOhioBlue.
As part of participation, the Gallia Sheriff’s Office has a limited amount of blue light bulbs the office is asking citizens to place in their porch lights in support of the campaign. They can be found in the Gallia Sheriff’s Office, located in the Gallia Courthouse basement. Patrol deputies may also have them in cruisers and can hand them out upon request.
“The support that we receive from the citizens of our country on a daily basis is unexplainable. I, along with all the staff of my office, appreciate the strong bond which we have built and continue to strengthen with our community members throughout Gallia County,” said Gallia Sheriff Matt Champlin.
For more information, visit lightohioblue.org or follow the Light Ohio Blue Facebook page.