Saturday's forecast calls for an afternoon high of 65 and chilly temperatures into the evening, but hearts will be warm regardless at the third annual Night of Blue Lights in Oconee County.
The event, organized by Oconee County resident Lee Dyer, serves as a fundraiser for the Georgia Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.). It's also a way for officers from different agencies to have an opportunity to mingle outside of police work.
This year the event will again be held at Oconee Veterans Park. From 3 p.m. until about 9 p.m., there will be K-9 demonstrations, live music, raffles and kids activities. At dark, the blue lights will be turned on simultaneouly in remembrance of fallen peace officers.
Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry told the Athens Banner-Herald this year helicopters may be even involved.
Agencies participating this year include:
- Oconee County Sheriff's Office
- Watkinsville Police
- Athens-Clarke County Police Department
- Clarke County Sheriff's Office
- Douglas County Sheriff's Office (K9 Unit)
- Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office (K9 Unit)
- City of Porterdale (K9 Unit)
- City of Winder Police Department
- Barrow County Sheriff's Office
- Georgia State Patrol
- Governor's Office of Highway Safety
- Lawrenceville Police Department
- Henry County Sheriff's Office
The event is free, but donations for C.O.P.S. will be collected.
Keep up with the latest information on the Night of Blue Lights Facebook page.