Concord gives out blue lightbulbs in honor of police officer killed in line of duty

CONCORD, N.C. — The city of Concord is hoping the community will continue to help honor the life of Officer Jason Shuping, who died in the line of duty earlier this month.

They gave out blue lightbulbs for residents to use in an outdoor light fixture to show your support for law enforcement.

Lowe’s and General Electric donated thousands of lights, and volunteers spent Monday at Concord Fire Stations 3 and 9 handing them out to residents and other first responders.

“The chamber wanted to do something to honor Officer Shuping and all of our law enforcement officers,” said Craig Jones, a volunteer with Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The 25-year-old police officer was shot and killed Dec. 16 outside a fast-food restaurant near Concord Mills while responding to a carjacking suspect.

Officer Kaleb Robinson was also hurt in that shooting, but he survived.

“I tell ya, they’ve really had a hard time with everything that’s been going on. Just here to show our support and just tell them that we love them,” Concord resident Doug Hancock said.

Many neighbors are still processing the loss of Shuping.

“I was just heartbroken. That’s the only way I know how to describe it,” Concord resident Carolyn Carpenter said.

In an effort to support Concord Police, people are encouraged to burn the blue bulbs through January 23, and then again from May 9-15 for National Police Week.

“We love them, and that we are thankful for all that they do,” Concord resident Barbara Hoffman said.