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Woodburn lights overpass bridge blue to honor fallen officers

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WOODBURN, OR (KPTV) -

Thanks to a new feature on the Interstate 5 overpass in Woodburn, the city is honoring officers who have fallen in the line of duty with a true blue memorial.

Starting December 1, Woodburn city officials authorized the overpass lights to be blue in honor of police who have given “the ultimate sacrifice” at the request of Woodburn Police Chief Jim Ferraris.

Ferraris noted the honor hits close to home with losses like Woodburn Police Captain Tom Tennant and Oregon State Sr. Trooper Bill Hakim, who died in a bank bombing, along with other police killed around the country.

"It is important that we not forget those who have died protecting our communities, and no City knows that more than Woodburn," said Chief Ferraris. "This is an appropriate honor for Capt. Tennant and Trooper Hakim, who will never be forgotten."

Displays like this are being done nationally as part of Project Blue Light, an initiative started in 1989 as a way to honor fallen officers.

The lights on the overpass will remain lit blue for the month of December.

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