BRUNSWICK –– The water tower near St. Ambrose Catholic Parish basked in a blue light Wednesday in honor of National Police Week and in celebration of the Light Ohio Blue Campaign, which runs through May 16.
The campaign encourages businesses, residents and city departments to light up their homes and buildings with blue lights to show support for police departments across the state
“The Light Ohio Blue event was really popular in central Ohio the past few years and the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police wanted to make it a statewide event,” Brunswick Police Chief Brian Ohlin said.
“I just started looking at what we could do and I saw Father Bob (Stec) at an event that was here and I went to him and he said, ‘Hey, why don’t you light up the water tower.’ ”
Brunswick’s police and fire departments, Brunswick Hills police, the Medina County Sheriff’s Office and Ohio Highway Patrol troopers made it out to the event. A DJ played music as guests arrived and officers filled up the parking lot with their vehicles.
“I think police officers appreciate the support of the community,” Ohlin said . “This is certainly a good way to show it.”
Stec spoke briefly before the event to recognize first responders.
“This is really just a wonderful opportunity to show our support for all of our first responders,” he said. “What a blessing they are to us.”
After Stec spoke and a prayer was said, officers made their way to their vehicles and turned their lights.
“You always feel a sense of unity at an event like this when the community comes out to honor you,” said Sgt. David Pries from the Sheriff’s Office. “These are the people we work for but don’t see every day and to know that they appreciate us like they do is very humbling.”
Residents don’t always get to interact with their local first responders outside of tragic moments but this way is a great time to honor the work that they do and to say thank you, Sheriff’s Office Capt. Kevin Ross said.
“It goes to show that the community does support us and we do appreciate that,” he said.