Blue Light campaign to support local law enforcement

FRESHWATER COUNTY – The dedicated men and women of the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office are encouraging county residents to show their support for local law enforcement throughout the month of May by placing a blue bulb in their porch light.

Thanks to a generous donation made possible by the Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police, Menards of Casper, and the Bryan Gross Memorial Foundation, SCSO will be providing a limited number of blue light bulbs at no cost to those who wish to participate.

Every day, law enforcement officers show up for work and risk their lives for us, but not all of them always come home. A total of 458 federal, state, tribal and local law enforcement officers across the country died in the line of duty in 2021, a 55% increase from those killed during the last year. Ninety-two deaths in the line of duty have already been reported this year.

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In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 National Memorial Day for Peace Officers and the calendar week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week. This year, Police Week will be observed from today, Wednesday May 11, until Tuesday May 17.

Each year, the names of those killed are engraved on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. This Friday, May 13, the names of 619 law enforcement officers newly added to the Memorial will be read aloud during the 34th edition of the Candlelight Vigil, a special ceremony held each year during Police Week at the National Mall in Washington.

If you would like to claim a free blue bulb and join us in honoring law enforcement, please stop by our public lobby at 50140B US Highway 191 South in Rock Springs anytime Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. h. Free blue bulbs will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Feel free to call ahead to confirm availability at (307) 922-5296.