One More Week to Prepare for Paint the Town Blue 2018, Honoring DUSM Derek Hotsinpiller

By Julie Perine on February 04, 2018 via Connect-Bridgeport.com

There's one more week to purchase your blue lights for an important citywide event.
 
The fourth annual “Paint the Town Blue” is slated for Feb. 11-17. The purpose is to honor and lift up all law enforcers. 
 
The blue lightbulbs are available for purchase, $5 each, at Bridgeport Police Department. As of Friday, there were plenty available. 
 
Residents are asked to place blue lightbulbs in fixtures on their front porches. 
 
Paint the Town Blue is a national observance, but here in Bridgeport, it’s a way to honor the memory of Deputy U.S. Marshal Derek Hotsinpiller, who was killed in the line of duty in February of 2011. He was shot while serving a warrant in Elkins.
 
His passion to serve the public through law enforcement was in a big way inspired by his role models – his dad and brother. Lt. James W. Hotsinpiller had served Bridgeport Police Department for 27 years and was second in command. He had been a member of the Child Abuse Task Force and commander of the Special Response Team. Within a year after his dad’s death, Dustin Hotsinpiller joined the Bridgeport police force, soon to be promoted to detective. He now serves as Deputy U.S. Marshal.
 
After his 2005 graduation from BHS, Derek Hotsinpiller attended Fairmont State University to study criminal justice, just as his dad and brother had done.
 
In a tribute piece published on Connect-Bridgeport on Feb. 16, 2016 – marking the fifth anniversary of Hotsinpiller’s death – many friends and colleagues shared stories and memories about the hometown hero. Read that story HERE.
“Paint the Town Blue” is sponsored by the City of Bridgeport and Bridgeport Police Department. Questions can be directed to Bridgeport Police Department, 304-842-8233.



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