SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Springfield Police Department held a ceremony Thursday night to remember and honor fallen officers.
The “Project Blue Light” ceremony coincides with the 35th anniversary of the deaths of Springfield Police Officers Michael Schiavina and Alain Beauregard who were shot and killed after conducting a traffic stop.
Their family members in attendance said it’s an honor to have them remembered by the community.
“It’ an honor it really truly is” said Doris Beauregard-Shecrallah, the wife of Alain Beauregard. “When I see the blue lights my heart is warm and I know they are thinking about my husband.”
Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood says, “Project Blue Light remembers all officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and in turn our survivors want to express their appreciation and support to our police officers during these trying times as we approach the holiday season and throughout the rest of the year to hope they return home safely at the end of each shift.”
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno states, “We must always remember and never forget these brave, dedicated and compassionate police officers lost their lives in protecting a public in need. Their families suffer every day, especially during the holidays with that empty chair at the table. May God rest their souls and protect our ‘men and women in blue’ and their families too.”
For a few years Springfield didn’t hold a Projext Blue Light ceremony.
However, Beauregard-Shecrallah pushed to bring it back. Not just to honor her late husband but, to honor police officers still serving.
“For them to see that blue light, how rewarding is that for them. To say wow they are thinking of us, they are saying thank you, they are remembering our fallen officers, and they are appreciating us. We have to be grateful for them” said, Beauregard-Shecrallah.
Residents are asked to place a blue light bulb on the porch or in a candle in their window to show their appreciation for police officers throughout the holiday season.
In honor of “Project Blue Light” the Sheraton Springfield Hotel and Monarch Tower was turned blue to honor fallen Springfield Police Officers.