Project Blue Light honors fallen police officers

Pennsylvania residents are asked to display a blue light in their home or office window in honor of fallen  law enforcement officers and their survivors, according to a news release from state police.

Since Pennsylvania State Police were founded in 1905, there have been 94 fallen members in the line of duty. The most recent was Oct. 4 when Trooper Blake Coble’s car was struck by a tractor-trailer in Beaver County.

Organizers of Project Blue Light ask residents and businesses to incorporate at least one blue light in holiday decorations.

Those who have passed away in York County are honored each year during a memorial service. Names are added on the police memorial outside the York County Emergency Services Center in Springettsbury Township. Those on the plaque are:

  • Curtis D. Sowers, North York Borough officerwho was shot and killed on May 21, 1929, while attempting to arrest suspected cattle rustler. Sowers was 33. He was a World War I veteran.
  • OfficerDavid Tome, 31, a member of Northern York County Regional Police was killed on Oct. 21, 2008, while investigating a car crash near Dillsburg. The woman who hit him, Joanna Seibert, was convicted of vehicular homicide and tampering with evidence and was sentenced to one year minus one day to five years minus one day in jail.
  • York City Patrolman Henry C. Schaad, one of two people killed during the race riots in York in the summer of 1969. Schaad, the son of a city police officer, was 21.
  • York County Sheriff’s Deputy Ed “Skip” Schroeder Jr., who died Jan. 10, 2005, of a heart attack while training in State College. The 47-year-old Marine Corps veteran had been a deputy for only 16 months.
  • Wildlife Conservation OfficerDavid Grove, of the state Game Commission, who was shot and killed while investigating a poaching report in Adams County on Nov. 11, 2010.

For more information visit www.psp.state.pa.us.

About Rebecca Hanlon

Rebecca Hanlon is the health reporter with a religion sub beat at the York Daily Record/Sunday News. Follow her on Twitter @mrsbeccahanlon or on Facebook at facebook.com/byrebeccahanlon.
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