MANSFIElD -- City of Mansfield, County and community organizations have come together to show support of the first responders who often put their lives on the line during Spread The Light week.
We Act, a community organization which formed in 2015 to better the public's relationship with law enforcement has partnered with the Richland County Sherrif's department and the City of Mansfield's Department of public safety hope the event can promote pride in our local law enforcement/ firefighters, partnership in all communities of Richland County and peace in our neighborhoods.
The Spread The Light event will kick-off Sunday at 4 p.m. at Graham Auto Mall, 1673 W 4th St, Mansfield. The event at the car dealership will feature music, speakers, and refreshments. Free blue and red light bulbs will also be given out for supporters to display the lights on their front porch. Blue for police and red for firefighters.
Richland County “Spread the Light” began in 2016, and is a localized approach to Project Blue Light, which began in 1988 in Philadelphia after a relative of a fallen police officer placed a memorial blue light in a window along with other seasonal decorations.
Its intent was to show others that they are not alone in their loss and to remember the officer who died. The concept has caught on nationwide, according to the event page on Facebook.
This year, the event will add red light bulbs to include firefighters.
Free blue and red light bulbs will be available at Graham Automall and blue light bulbs will be available at the Richland County Sheriff’s Office on a first-come, first-served basis.