New Braunfels residents light the city blue in support of officers

Folks in New Braunfels are switching out their white porch lights for blue in support of law-enforcement. It's called Project Blue Light.

This is what New Braunfels officers see as they patrol the city at night. A blue light on the outside of a house signifies those on the inside are grateful for police.

"When officers see that it gives them a sense they're out there for reason and know people support them."

When the country was mourning the execution-style murders of two New York City police officers in December, lt. Craig Christopherson noticed his residents were expressing their gratitude for local officers on the department's Facebook page. He wanted to find a better way for them to show how much they care. He learned of the nationwide campaign called Project Blue Light.

It was created by a woman in 1988 who wanted to show respect for her son-in-law who was killed in the line of duty.

"Every time these guys strap on their gun belts and come to work it could happen. Each night, each day we pray that it doesn't happen here, but the real truth of the matter, it could," said Christopherson.

Christopherson went to Facebook to ask people to participate.

"I thought I'm not going to be able to find many and I was surprised," said Christopherson.

House after house was lit up in blue. Woods Cycle Country is perhaps the most noticeable.

"These are guys that put their lives on the line every day and I think they need the support the community and to know the support is there," said Sheffield.

When general manager Mark Sheffield set out to purchase blue bulbs, the local stores had sold out. He had to order his online. He is now up to a dozen.

"To sell out of light bulbs is pretty cool," said Christopherson.

The department had only intended to participate in Project Blue Light during the first week of January, but citizens asked Christopherson if they could keep them up. He's now extended it until the end of the month.

Sheffield says he will likely keep his business glowing blue long after.

"I just want to make sure the officers know that at least this part of the community we appreciate what they do for us," said Sheffield.

"I've been with the New Braunfels Police Department for almost 20 years now and there's always times when [you ask] 'Do people appreciate what we do?' When you drive around and see that it does have a good effect," said Christopherson.

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