'Light the town blue' porch light campaign to honor Master Police Officer Harlow

aluck@tidewaterreview.com

Horn’s West Point Ace Hardware and the Women of West Point group want to “light the town blue” to remember West Point Police Master Police Officer Jason D. Harlow who died this week.

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.

The hardware store and the women’s group are donating the blue porch light bulbs, and residents can pick them up at the store after 3 p.m. Friday afternoon, according to Horn’s West Point Ace Hardware marketing director Cammie Smith. Women of West Point group members April Vandegrift and Melissa Anderson helped organize the effort.

Anderson said after noticing several members of the community mention wanting to purchase blue porch light bulbs, she connected 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 (Ace Hardware) are donating half and we (Women of West Point group) 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 light bulbs is a great way to honor Harlow.

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

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