Across Ohio, Light Ohio Blue week takes place May 9 through May 16, 2021, coinciding with National Police Week. Locally, residents and businesses are encouraged to switch out their regular light bulbs and replace with blue lights during this time, to show their support of Sylvania area law enforcement.
"The City of Sylvania supports our Sylvania Police, especially during this “Light Ohio Blue” week," said City of Sylvania Mayor Craig A. Stough in a recent statement. "The City of Sylvania Police Station is decorated with blue lights and all officers received a special shirt in recognition of this week. In addition the Sylvania Township Fire Department provided lunch for all of our officers on Monday, May 10, 2021."
Sylvania's International Association of Fire Fighters , Local 2243, provided a special catered luncheon on Monday for Sylvania City and Township police departments from Shorty's BBQ.
"I think it speaks of how much they respect our brothers and sisters in blue," Sylvania Township Fire Department Chief Michael Ramm said of the luncheon. "We work hand in hand with them every day, and I think today was a signature of how our guys respect the guys and gals in blue."
The special meals took place twice during the day, once at 11:00 a.m. and again at 6:00 p.m. so all City and Township police officers on all shifts were included.
"We should always support them," added Ramm. "In a time of crisis and a time of need, they don't say "No" when we call them. They come. So I think it's time for us to not say "No" to them, and say "Yes" to them, and give them our support. I have a lot of respect for our brothers and sisters in blue. I really do. It's been a tough time for them. They deserve our support. "
Lieutenant Ryan Sedlock, President of Sylvania's local firefighters union, echoed the sentiments of Chief Ramm.
"We have such a good working relationship with the Sylvania City and Township police departments," expressed Sedlock. "We wanted to show them our appreciation and thanks for everything that they do."
Sedlock said they ordered meals for 40 at the Township, and 30 at the City, and while the union paid for the catered affair, they received a generous discount from Mancy's to support the event.
"The Fire Department thanks both the City and Township police departments for the relationship we have, and for all their service to the community," continued Sedlock. "I love our police departments. These guys are a good group."
Sylvania's Ace Hardware, 5619 Main Street, is offering blue light bulbs at a special discount in support of local law enforcement and Police Week.
"The dedication of our police officers is paramount to the safety and well-being of our community" said Brian Yeager, Ace store manager. "They are there to protect and serve everyone. This is the week we can really offer visible support, I encourage everyone to support local law enforcement."
Locally, there is also a Peace Officer Memorial ceremony in Toledo, to honor officers lost in the Toledo area. Sadly, two names have been added to the list in recent years: Officer Anthony Dia and Officer Brandon Stalker.
"Police Week is a time to honor and remember law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty," said Lieutenant Sara Toth of the Sylvania Township Police Department. "It’s a time to honor and remember those who have lost their lives in service of others. Every member of the STPD is proud to serve and deeply thankful for the support of our amazing community."
In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week, and it was established by a joint resolution of Congress that year. National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.
For Peace Officer Memorial Day in Ohio, the 33rd annual Ohio Peace Officers' Memorial Ceremony was held on May 6, 2021, to honor the 809 Ohio officers who have died in the line of duty since 1823. Because of COVID the event was mainly virtual and can be viewed here.
From May 9–15, the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum will deliver programs to keep current officers safe and healthy, as well as ceremonies to honor those fallen officers whose names have been recently added to the Memorial.
The 33rd Annual Candlelight Vigil, a national event happening virtually, takes place Thursday, May 13 at 8:00 p.m., and can be viewed here.
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Sylvania Township Police at the May 10 luncheon.
City of Sylvania Police at the May 10 luncheon.
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