On Wednesday, December 11, Bucks County Commissioners Robert G. Loughery, chairman, Charles H. Martin and Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, LCSW joined elected officials, Bucks County police chiefs and representatives from the Bucks County Sheriff’s and Security departments to pay tribute to the county’s fallen public-safety heroes. For the fifth consecutive year, the Courthouse rotunda is the setting for the Project Blue Light Memorial Wreath. The wreath is illuminated with blue light bulbs and adorned with 12 white ornaments to symbolize the dozen Bucks County law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty since 1914.
Chairman Loughery and Newtown Township Police Chief Rick Pasqualini, representing the Bucks County Police Chiefs Association, spoke of the importance of remembrance during this holiday season. “I’d like to thank the commissioners for taking this time to honor the men and women who lost their lives,” Chief Pasqualini said. “The families of these officers feel it every day, and this wreath helps to rekindle the loss to the community.”
After Chairman Loughery read the honor roll of the Bucks County Project Light honorees in chronological order, he was joined by Commissioners Martin and Ellis-Marseglia, District Attorney David Heckler, Chief Pasqualini and Lower Southampton Township Chief William Wiegmann to flip the switch to illuminate the six-foot wreath, which overlooks the Memorial Courtyard.
Project Blue Light, a nationwide recognition that began in 1988 by Dolly Craig of Philadelphia to memorialize her fallen son-in-law, encourages individuals to include a blue light in their holiday decorations to remember law enforcement officials who have given their lives in the performance of their duties. It also honors the men and women who continue to work in law enforcement, putting their lives on the lines daily.
PROJECT BLUE LIGHT MEMORIAL WREATH HONOREES
|1914 - Constable Henry H. Kolbe |
|1986 - Deputy Sheriff Thomas A. Bateman |
|1927 - County Sheriff Abram L. Kulp |
|1986 - Deputy Sheriff George M. Werta, Jr. |
|1965 - Dublin Borough’s Eli Myers |
|1993 - County Park Ranger Stanley Flynn |
|1972 - Bristol Township’s George Stuckey |
|2002 - Plumstead Twp.’s Joseph Hanusey |
|1975 - Bensalem’s James Armstrong |
|2005 - Newtown Borough’s Brian Gregg |
|1980 - Bensalem’s James Yezzi |
|2009 - Middletown Twp.’s Christopher Jones |