McPherson resident asking for showing support of police officers

Chad Frey
cfrey@thekansan.com
Kathy Allison of McPherson is giving a way blue lights to use to remember her son and show support for law enforcement.

Kathy Allison of McPherson wants to make sure her son is never forgotten.

Her son was Sgt. Jeremy Watkins, waa 20-year veteran of the Salina Police Department when he died in 2019. He was 42,

When you drive by her home, the porch will be lit up with blue lights to remember her son — and she wants others to join in.

“I have Blue Light Bulbs for all to put in their porch lights and leave on all night long, so when our police officers drive by they will see the blue and know we support them in all they do to protect and serve us,” Allison told The Sentinel. “I am not sure how many bulbs I will give out, I am contacting businesses for more blue light bulbs.”

She is very cognizant of the current climate nationwide, watching news reports of protests, rallies and riots from across the nation protesting police brutality and systemic racism. She knows there has been marches in McPherson to support the Black Lives Matter.

But she does not want the memory of her son to die — no matter how hard that might be.

“He was due to work when he passed away,” Allison said. “I still don’t understand it all, and I do not believe it all. I was in counseling for several weeks with a pastor ... and he told me it would kill me if I did not let it go. When you lose a child, there is nothing worse.”

To her, putting some blue light bulbs on the porch seems like a quiet, respectful way to remember her son and show support of law enforcement.

She’s not alone. After an announcement by a radio station of her desire to give away bulbs, she’s had a couple of requests. She spoke with some of her sons’ former coworkers in Salina, and with members of the McPherson Police Department.

And when her smoke alarms needed replacing by the McPherson Fire Department, they brought it up.

“Two of them came over, and one of the boys, Jeremy worked with his Uncle,” Allison said. . “Everyday he is brought up. That is hard but that was good. He was a good boy. He was a man, but to me he will always be a boy.“

For those wanting lights, call Allison at 620-755-9700

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