Reno, Nev. - The lights on the Reno Arch will change to blue Tuesday evening as part of a ceremony to support fallen law enforcement officers.
A record number of law enforcement officers are dying in the line of duty nationwide. 173 officers died in 2011 alone, up for the second year in a row.
Reno law enforcement says bringing that number down starts with remembering those who've lost their lives in the line of duty, something they'll be doing during the month of May.
Turning the Reno Arch blue is a way for anyone who passes under this Reno landmark to take time to think about the people in our area who commit their lives to public service, and make the ultimate sacrifice.
Also this month, local law enforcement will be participating in the National Blue Ribbon Campaign to raise awareness for the same cause.
Both the ribbon campaign and blue Arch are reminders to law enforcement of the dangers they face in the line of duty as they remember their fallen colleagues.
"It's kind of a support mechanism, so everyone knows that the community is backing them, supporting them, what they do," said Reno Police Deputy Chief Mike Whan. "When they go out of their briefing room, you know, they're not sure what to encounter, everyone that's died in the line of duty, when they left that briefing room that morning, they didn't know that was going to happen."
The public is welcome to attend a ceremony at 7:30 p.m. by the Reno Arch before the blue lights come on.