NEW ORLEANS -- In neighborhoods across the West Bank, front porches and carports of some homes are illuminated by a blue glow.
It’s a tribute to the two St. John Parish deputies who were killed and two others injured by gunfire in the line of duty last week.
The idea to show support through these blue lightbulbs came from 7-year-old R.J. Kindell.
“Because I felt bad when people died,” he said.
R.J. has grown up with great respect for police. His father, Roland Kindell, is a Gretna police officer.
“We (were) riding in the car one day, and he said dad, I want to do something for the officers that last their lives in the line of duty. So I sent an email out to a couple of friends, text messages, put it on Facebook, and it spread like wildfire,” Roland Kindell said.
Tuesday, family, friends and law enforcement personnel from numerous departments attended visitation services for St. John Deputy Brandon Nielsen, who died in last week’s shooting at a trailer park in LaPlace. Deputy Jeremy Triche was laid to rest Monday.
Now as police officers across the metro area move forward and continue patrolling the streets, R.J. Kindell hopes these blue lights will serve as signs of appreciation.
“I think they're heroes because they protect us,” R.J. said.
“He understands what we go through and he appreciates it, and to him, every police officer is a hero,” Roland Kindell said. “So you know, for him to come up with the idea, it really shows a lot.”
The funeral procession for Nielsen is set for 7 a.m. Wednesday at the New Wine Christian Fellowship in LaPlace. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. at Lake Lawn Funeral Home.