YORKTOWN, N.Y. – A resolution saluting police officers and other first responders for their pandemic response was unanimously approved by the Yorktown Town Board at its meeting on Tuesday (Oct. 6).

The resolution, borrowed from the town of East Fishkill, encourages residents to set a blue light on their property on Tuesday, Oct. 13. The date was chosen because 10-13 is the code for “officer in need of assistance,” said Councilman Tom Diana, a retired police officer.

“If you wish to support our first responders, and give deserved thanks to our local police and first responders, set a blue light on [your] property—the front porch or your front light by your house and just turn it on for 10/13, just for one day,” Diana said. “I think it will show a lot of support for our first responders and police department.”

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Town Councilwoman Alice Roker spoke following the resolution's approval.

"Anybody who knows me knows that I will always support the men and women of our Yorktown Police Department. I know many of them. In fact, I’ve sworn in many of them," said Roker, a former town clerk. "Unfortunately, there are far too many people in our community who seek to divide us. They say, ‘You cannot possibly support Blue Lives Matter while supporting Black Lives Matter.’ And I say, yes I can."