Blue Porch Lights Are Going up by the Thousands. Here’s What They Mean

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
November 9, 2015 Updated: November 9, 2015

Thousands of blue porch lights are going up around the United States, led by an effort in Kentucky.

The movement started in support of police after an officer, 33-year-old Daniel Ellis, was shot in the head while looking for a robbery suspect in Richmond.

Ellis was rushed to the hospital but soon succumbed to his injuries.


#BREAKING: Per #KSP Richmond Police Officer Daniel Ellis died at University of Kentucky Hospital just before 2 am Friday. #DanielEllis

Posted by Fadia Patterson ABC 36 News on Friday, November 6, 2015

He left behind a wife and four-year-old son, reported the Associated Press.

The suspect is 34-year-old Raleigh Sizemore Jr., an ex-convict.


In remembrance of Officer Ellis’ service to the community, the Bluegrass Ace Hardware store is giving away 2,000 blue lightbulbs from November 9 through November 11.

Karen Prewitt, who owns the store with her husband, told IJ Review that they wanted to do more then just write a check to help support Ellis’ widow through this trying time. 

“We decided to check with our warehouse in Princeton, Illinois to see how many blue lightbulbs they had available that we could purchase. They had enough that it would make an impact on the community,” she said.


Turning my porch light blue for Richmond Police Officer Daniel Ellis. #RIP

Posted by Paris Lewbel Wtvq on Friday, November 6, 2015


My “Blue” light has been on way to much lately. I will leave it on again till officer Ellis is laid to rest. R.I.P.

Posted by Chris Seelye on Friday, November 6, 2015

“This lets the community feel like they could be involved to show support for the local, county, and state law enforcement.”

This week, residents will see blue lights around the town in a movement that could very well spread across the nation in support of police officers doing their duty. Indeed, some residents took initiative and bought their own lights and started turning them on days ago.

The Richmond mayor also said he’s working on gathering money for the family Ellis left behind.

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.