Community to put out blue porch lights to honor late West Point Master Police Officer Harlow

aluck@tidewaterreview.com

Houses all over the town of West Point will soon feature blue porch lights to honor late West Point Master Police Officer Jason D. Harlow.

Harlow, 47, died at his home Tuesday night, according to West Point Police Chief Tim Sawyer.

Harlow was with the department for almost 20 years and was promoted to Master Police Officer in December, according to Sawyer.

Horn’s West Point Ace Hardware and the Women of West Point group organized the “light the town blue” campaign with donated blue porch lightbulbs.

The bulbs were available for free at the hardware store starting at 3 p.m. Friday. There is a one bulb per household limit.

Horn’s West Point Ace Hardware manager Wendy Borchardt said they started handing them out a bit before 3 p.m. and by around 100 were given out by 3:15 p.m. Small crowds of people came in and out of the store for the bulbs to honor Harlow.

Former King William County Sheriff Wilford “Wayne” Healy said he hired Harlow when he first started as a deputy.

“He had a great personality and attitude about life,” Healy said. “It has really hit us hard, I knew I had to come get the bulb and light it up for him and his family.”

West Point resident John Harper said that Harlow was a tremendous service to the community and thought the bulbs were a nice way to honor a great man.

Fellow West Point resident Frazier Armstrong said she used to live next door to him years ago and always slept better knowing he was there.

“I lived next door to him for about 15 years,” Armstrong said. “He kept everyone safe and was dedicated to this town. He’s one of those people that are just gone too soon.”

The “light the town blue” campaign was organized by Women of West Point group members April Vandegrift and Melissa Anderson and Horn’s West Point Ace Hardware marketing director Cammie Smith.

Anderson said after noticing several members of the community mention wanting to purchase blue porch lightbulbs, she got in touch with the store to see if they would be willing to work together.

“They quickly and happily agreed to donate some bulbs and hold the event,” Anderson said. “They are donating half and we are donating half. Officer Harlow clearly meant the world to our community and giving back is important to me and all members of our women’s group.”

Smith said the store was more than happy to help serve the community and remember such a beloved member of the community.

Sawyer said all of the support for the department has been overwhelming and he thinks the blue porch lightbulbs is a great way to honor Harlow.

Blue porch lightbulbs are available at Horn’s West Point Ace Hardware while limited supplies last. The hardware store is located at 611 14th St., West Point.

Harlow’s police car will be parked outside of West Point Police Department until after the service Sunday. Members of the community are welcome to come by and pay their respects, Sawyer said.

The police department is located at 433 12th Street, West Point.

Review archives were used for this report.

Luck can be reached at 757-291-2038, aluck@tidewaterreview.com or @ashleyrluck on Twitter

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