Police officers, members of the Feasterville Business Association, government officials, community leaders, clergy and the public gathered for the 21st annual Blue Light Holiday Tree Lighting to honor the memory of fallen police officers.
The event was recently held at the Township Library of Lower Southampton, 1983 Bridgetown Pike in Feasterville.
Pictured are (from left) Lower Southampton Township supervisors Susan Cummings, Deborah Kaplan and Kim Koutsouradis; Chief of Police Ted Krimmel; supervisors chairman Ray Weldie; incoming FBA president Ron Hyman; current FBA president Fran Mishinkash; and township supervisor Ed Shannon.
The tree will stay lit throughout the holiday season. Project Blue Light was started in 1989 by Dolly Craig to honor the memory of her late son-in-law, Philadelphia police officer Daniel Gleason, who was killed in the line of duty in 1986. Craig sent a message to Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. saying she was placing two blue lights in her window during the holiday season, one in memory of Gleason and one remembering his wife Pam, who was killed in an automobile accident in 1988.
Though Craig is now deceased, her idea is her legacy. Project Blue Light has grown into a national program and burns in the hearts of 10,000 surviving families of officers killed in the line of duty as they rebuild their lives.