Rio Rancho residents light the city blue for holidays

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – In Rio Rancho, there won’t be much red and green this Christmas. Instead, people are lighting the town blue.

When Janelle Rogers looks at her blue Christmas lights, she sees heroes. “It’s like we’re wearing the badge for them as well,” said Rogers.

Rogers’ is just one of the many Rio Rancho homes, showing their support for police officers this Christmas.

It’s called a Blue Holiday. It’s a push by Rio Rancho Mayor Gregg Hull to honor officers after difficult recent months.

In May, Rio Rancho Officer Gregg Benner was gunned down during a traffic stop. Last month, Albuquerque Police Officer Daniel Webster was shot and killed also during a stop.

“If you stand in line for one, then you need to stand in line for the other one,” said Rogers.

Not only did Rogers attend both funerals and processions, she said her son actually met Officer Benner last Christmas. She said he gave him a stuffed animal.

Hertha Sabol also put up blue lights at her Rio Rancho home.

“I figured that’s the least I could do,” said Sabol.

Hers have been up since May, long before the Mayor’s Christmas wish.

“I just wanted to show my appreciation, you know, for what they do,” said Sabol.

And she has no plans to take them down, even after the holidays. “It will be up as long as I own this house,” said Sabol.

The closer it gets to Christmas, the more lights both Sabol and Rogers hope pop up.

“Over at Wal-Mart in Bernalillo, you couldn’t find blue lights whatsoever so that’s a good sign,” said Rogers.

More people in Rio Rancho said they plan to put up blue lights and decorations by Christmas.

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