Community Honors First Responders with Blue Hero Lights

By Courtney Burris |

Published 12/24 2013 10:14PM

Updated 12/24 2013 10:34PM

Driving through the streets of Abilene during the holiday season, you may notice blue lights displayed. These blue lights are more than just a decoration, they are on display to show honor to first responders. Blue Hero lights are displayed in communities all over the country, but the movement really began in Abilene when we lost two police officers in just three years.

Officer Rodney Holder was tragically killed on April 29th of 2010 when a car struck his patrol motorcycle. His family, including his wife Annmarie and his son, Kyler, are both so appreciative of what the community does to show support nearly four years later.

Annmarie says that the blue lights on display bring them great comfort and that she is so thankful for the support of the community. The Amarillo neighborhood has really made an effort to show that they want to keep Rodney's memory alive.

Although each day is difficult without their husband and dad, they say that the Christmas season is a little tougher because Rodney always loved this time of year. Many recall that he used to put a wreath, jingle bells, and lights on his patrol motorcycle.

The family and friends of Rodney Holder have set up a scholarship in his name and  will host a 5K in March to raise funds.

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