Thousands flip switches for 'Blue Light Week' to honor officers

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An effort to show support for police officers has taken the country by storm. Hundreds of thousands of people are joining the first ever "Blue Light Week," which will be held Jan. 1 through Jan. 7. This photo is from Ahwatukee. By Catherine Holland An effort to show support for police officers has taken the country by storm. Hundreds of thousands of people are joining the first ever "Blue Light Week," which will be held Jan. 1 through Jan. 7. This photo is from Ahwatukee. By Catherine Holland
I put my lights up in support 1/1/15 and plan to keep my porch lights blue throughout January. Anything to bring attention to the cause. By Catherine Holland I put my lights up in support 1/1/15 and plan to keep my porch lights blue throughout January. Anything to bring attention to the cause. By Catherine Holland
I put my lights up in support 1/1/15 and plan to keep my porch lights blue throughout January. Anything to bring attention to the cause. By Catherine Holland I put my lights up in support 1/1/15 and plan to keep my porch lights blue throughout January. Anything to bring attention to the cause. By Catherine Holland
An effort to show support for police officers has taken the country by storm. Hundreds of thousands of people are joining the first ever "Blue Light Week," which will be held Jan. 1 through Jan. 7. By Catherine Holland An effort to show support for police officers has taken the country by storm. Hundreds of thousands of people are joining the first ever "Blue Light Week," which will be held Jan. 1 through Jan. 7. By Catherine Holland
Thousands are honoring officers with blue lights on their porches during "Blue Light Week." By Catherine Holland Thousands are honoring officers with blue lights on their porches during "Blue Light Week." By Catherine Holland

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - An effort to show support for police officers has taken the country by storm.

Hundreds of thousands of people are joining the first ever "Blue Light Week," which will be held Jan. 1 through Jan. 7.

The campaign was created by a former Virginia policeman who wanted to start something positive for the law enforcement community, and many around The Valley are happy to participate.

Officers are excited about this new campaign, and community members are too. Four Walmarts in the area had nearly every color light bulb in stock, except for blue.

"Blue Light Week" is a national campaign honoring police officers who died in the line of duty, and with the flip of a switch, you can be a part of it.

Bill Davis with the Fraternal Order of Police said he wishes he would have thought of the idea. All you have to do is put in a blue light bulb in your front porch and let it shine.

"Really I don't think we can do enough to honor police officers that paid the ultimate sacrifice and have given their life in the line of duty," said Davis.

It's a simple act hundreds of people are participating in.

Ana Franklin, the Morgan County Sheriff, said it is an honor to see the community show their support of law enforcement and what they stand for.

"That they do appreciate us and that the job that we are doing is worthy of their support and their confidence and their trust," said Franklin.

Davis said it gives him a sense of pride to know the public is showing their support and standing behind law enforcement. Franklin said it encourages officers and helps build them up so they will know they are wanted and needed.

"I hope this is a huge success, and I am going tomorrow to get my light bulb," said Davis.