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Northeast Ohio going blue to show support for police

The Cooks have blue light bulbs at their house to show their support for police officers. (Source: WOIO) The Cooks have blue light bulbs at their house to show their support for police officers. (Source: WOIO)
For Lynn Cook, respect for police officers is woven into the fabric of her life. (Source: WOIO) For Lynn Cook, respect for police officers is woven into the fabric of her life. (Source: WOIO)
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CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH (WOIO) - While unrest and controversy brews around police relations with the community, many are standing by the men and women in blue, and they're using a unique way to show their support. 

Detective Ron Suggett has been with the Akron Police Department for 34 years. For his daughter, Lynn Cook, respect for police officers is woven into the fabric of her life. 

"They put their lives on the line daily," she said. 

Cook was just at Akron Officer Justin Winebrenner's funeral last November. Winebrenner was a father and fiance who was gunned down off duty after an unruly bar patron pulled out a gun. 

The Cooks spent about $10 on three blue light bulbs to say that police lives matter. 

"They need to know we support them," Cook said. 

So many people are supporting police that local stores are running out of blue bulbs. Discount Drug Mart shelves were ready for a reorder. 

"The sales have been brisk, people are supporting local police departments," said a manager. 

Across the area, one home was an entire display, a sea of blue. It's more compelling when you know how many blue Christmases they've had. 

A total of 15 and counting since Cleveland Police Officer Wayne Leon was gunned down in the line of duty. A total of 15 years of kids growing up without a father. For them, 15 years of blue lights have been saying what the Cooks are trying to tell us all from their little corner of the world. 

"God bless the policemen for doing their job," said Suggett.

The Cooks are already planning to scoop up as many blue bulbs as they can while the shelves around them are restocked. They plan to go door-to-door to give them away, and light up Cuyahoga Falls one bulb at a time with the message that police lives matter.

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