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Fallen Lawmen Remembered At Blue Light Ceremony


Harran switches on the blue wreath.
Credit: County of Bucks

The third-floor rotunda of the Bucks County Administration Building has a blue hue this holiday season.

Last week, members of the county’s 800-plus member law enforcement community gathered in Doylestown Borough for the 10th year to illuminate the Project Blue Light Memorial Wreath.

The wreath features blue lights and 12 white ornaments to remember each of the Bucks County law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.

“We thank you for taking the time to recognize us with the symbol of the blue light for all police officers who are risking their lives every day all over this county,” President of the Police Chiefs’ Association of Bucks County and Bensalem Public Safety Director Fred Harran said. “We go to sleep at night knowing that our officers are out there patrolling, and that at any one moment something can happen.”

Credit: County of Bucks

The ceremony was attended by police chiefs, officers, and detectives from throughout the county. In addition, Bucks County Commissioner Diane Ellis-Marseglia; judges Theodore Fritsch Jr. and Diane Gibbons; Chief Operating Officer Brian Hessenthaler; Clerk of Courts Mary K. Smithson; Jennifer Schorn, chief of trials for the District Attorney’s Office; Adult Probation and Parole Chief Sean Ryan and Deputy Chief Christine Shenk; Chief Clerk Deanna Giorno; and Security Director Christopher Daley also attended.

  • Middletown Township Detective Christopher Jones, Jan. 29, 2009, struck by car
  • Newtown Borough Officer Brian S. Gregg, Sept. 29, 2005, shot by a suspect
  • Plumstead Township Officer Joseph E. Hanusey III, May 18, 2002, vehicle accident
  • County Park Ranger Stanley E. Flynn, June 9, 1993, medical condition
  • Deputy Sheriff Thomas A. Bateman, Sept. 22, 1986, vehicle accident
  • Deputy Sheriff George M. Warta Jr., Sept. 22, 1986, vehicle accident
  • Bensalem Township Officer Robert A. Yezzi, Aug. 12, 1980, struck by a car
  • Bensalem Township Officer James K. Armstrong, April 15, 1975, shot by a suspect
  • Bristol Township Sgt. George M. Stuckey, March 29, 1972, shot by suspect
  • Dublin Borough Chief Eli M. Myers, Oct. 31, 1965, struck by a car
  • Bucks County Sheriff Abraham L. Kulp, Feb. 24, 1927, shot by a suspect
  • State Constable Henry A. Kolbe, Sept. 22, 1914, shot while arresting a fugitive

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