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Bucks County Commissioners Host Annual “Project Blue Light” Ceremony in Courthouse Rotunda

December 2, 2014

Commissioner Marseglia and Newtown Township Police Chief Rick Pasqualini during the 2014 Project Blue Light CeremonyOn Wednesday, December 3, Bucks County Commissioner Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, LCSW joined Bucks County police chiefs and representatives from the Bucks County Sheriff, Emergency Services and Security departments to pay tribute to the county’s fallen public-safety heroes. For the sixth consecutive year, the Courthouse rotunda is the setting for the Project Blue Light Memorial Wreath. The wreath is adorned with blue light bulbs and decorated with 12 white ornaments to symbolize the dozen Bucks County law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty since 1914.

Commissioner Ellis-Marseglia, representing her commissioner colleagues Robert G. Loughery and Charles H. Martin, joined Newtown Township Police Chief Rick Pasqualini (president of the Bucks County Police Chiefs Association) at the podium. During her remarks, she expressed the commissioners’ deep appreciation for law enforcement at all levels. She also offered the hope that blue lights will join menorahs and other window symbols as a common sign of holiday remembrance.

Police Chiefs from Bucks County as well as the Sheriff and Commissioner Marseglia in front of the wreath for Project Blue LightAfter Chief Pasqualini read the honor roll of the Bucks County Project Light honorees, he was joined by Commissioner Ellis-Marseglia to flip the switch illuminating the six-foot wreath, which overlooks the Courthouse Memorial Courtyard.    

Project Blue Light, a nationwide recognition that began in 1988 by Dolly Craig of Philadelphia to memorialize her fallen son-in-law, encourages individuals to include a blue light in their holiday decorations to remember law enforcement officials who have given their lives in the performance of their duties.  It also honors the men and women who continue to work in law enforcement, putting their lives on the lines daily. 


1914 - Constable Henry H. Kolbe      

1986 - Deputy Sheriff Thomas A. Bateman

1927 - County Sheriff Abram L. Kulp

1986 - Deputy Sheriff George M. Warta, Jr.

1965 - Dublin Borough’s Eli Myers

1993 - County Park Ranger Stanley Flynn

1972 - Bristol Township’s George Stuckey

2002 - Plumstead Twp.’s Joseph Hanusey

1975 - Bensalem’s James Armstrong

2005 - Newtown Borough’s Brian Gregg

1980 - Bensalem’s James Yezzi

2009 - Middletown Twp.’s Christopher Jones

Sheriff Deputies attending the Project Blue Light Ceremony