State Rep. Haraz N. Ghanbari (R-Perrysburg) is scheduled to serve as the Grand Marshal of the “Light Ohio Blue” Cruiser Caravan Tuesday in support of the organization’s weeklong campaign bringing an awareness to supporting law enforcement across the state.
“It’s an incredible honor,” Ghanbari said. “Our law enforcement officers know the inherent dangers of their chosen profession, yet they continue to serve. Their courage and sacrifice are a generational investment into our communities that shall never be forgotten. I call on all Ohioans to reflect and give thanks for these officers, and their families who support them, by engaging in dialogue with those who serve — the women and men who don the uniform each day prepared to respond to the unknown.”
The caravan will have representation from countless agencies and consisting of cruisers with officers and surviving line of duty family members from across the state of Ohio.
"Light Ohio Blue’s mission is twofold — to honor our fallen law enforcement officers and their surviving family, and to show support for currently serving law enforcement personnel,” said Bill Swank, president and founder of Light Ohio Blue. “Rep. Ghanbari’s actions and leadership reflect the tenants of the Light Ohio Blue campaign of Honor and Support for Ohio's law enforcement and that is why he was chosen to be the 2022 Grand Marshal for the Light Ohio Blue Cruiser Caravan."
Tragically, since last year's campaign, Ohio has lost nine law enforcement officers in the line of duty. They join the over 800 names on our state memorial at the Ohio Peace Officers Memorial in London, and the over 22,000 names on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C.
The cruiser caravan will depart from the Columbus State Delaware Campus at approximately 6:30 p.m. and travel to locations within Central Ohio. The Light the Blue campaign runs through Saturday.