Blue Light Project hits home for Valley mom

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- The day after a Flagstaff police officer was laid to rest, there was a nationwide show of support for police. Families right here in the Valley are participating in Blue Light Week.

More and more people are swapping out their regular old white porch lights for blue ones. At one north Valley home, we found a blue ribbon, too.

"For me, what it symbolizes is that we should hold our law enforcement officers in high esteem, with high respect and in our prayers," Joni Child said.

The Blue Light Project hits home for north Valley resident Joni Child because her son, Nick, is a deputy sheriff in Cook County, Illinois. He serves on the West Side of Chicago.

Child swapped out her porch light for a blue light and added a blue ribbon to her home last week. She says she has no plans to go back.

The project actually started in Pennsylvania in the late 1980s as a way to remember officers who died in the line of duty and as a way to show support for police in general.

It's been picking up steam and spreading nationwide and in the Valley as well, thanks to social media and recent national events.

Child told 3TV the blue ribbon she put up has actually served as a conversation starter, with some of her neighbors coming up to her and asking her about it.

She hopes the message will continue to spread and more people will join in to show officers they are appreciated, something she says they need now more than ever.

"It helps them stay grounded with why every day they put on that badge, they kiss their loved ones goodbye, and they walk out that door and they hope they're coming home alive at night," she said.

If you are wondering why the light is blue, the Blue Light Project website says it's because the color symbolizes peace, and police are considered America's peacekeepers.