‘Operation Blue Sky’ rolls through Wood, Washington counties
MARIETTA — Law enforcement officers from Washington and Wood counties participated in a parade of blue lights, “Operation Blue Sky,” Saturday night to honor fellow officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.
“We’re doing this event to honor those police officers that have been killed in the line of duty and gave the ultimate sacrifice,” said Maj. Greg Nohe of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. “We’re separated by the river, so we have that working relationship that crosses back and forth, and we continue to do this. It shows the cooperation and collaboration that we have between all agencies in the Mid-Ohio Valley.”
As part of National Police Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day, which was Saturday, officers began the parade in the old Kmart parking lot and drove through Marietta, then over to Parkersburg before returning in Williamstown.
According to Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens, the parade was a way to show that fallen officers and their families are not forgotten.
“It’s such a great thing that we get together,” he said. “I really appreciate (Chief Deputy) Mark Warden and Maj. Nohe for doing this because this brings both sides across the river and it’s nice to do that, especially when it’s a time of enjoyment and it’s not something mission-critical.”
Warden said this is the second year in a row of having an Operation Blue Sky event. The parade is also a way for law enforcement to thank the community as well.
“Last year we had roughly about 70 to 75 cruisers show up, and I tell you last year’s weather was horrible. I can remember seeing kids standing … with signs in the rain and it’s cold and still supporting,” Warden said. “Almost brings tears to your eyes, so it’s kind of our way of thanking the community as well.”
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