Store gives out free blue light bulbs in honor of Wayzata officer killed in the line of duty

Officer Mathews had been a regular at the hardware store.

Wayzata Police Officer William Mathews had been a regular at the True Value hardware store in Long Lake. 

So when people at the store heard he'd been hit by a car and killed in the line of duty on Friday, they decided to pay their respects by giving out free blue light bulbs in his honor. 

According to a post on the shop's Facebook page, the officer was a light to store workers both on and off duty. 

"Now it's our duty to shine light upon him for his service and support our Officers who sacrifice their lives to keeping us safe," the post reads. 

People are encouraged to take a bulb and use it to light up the front of their homes in Mathew's honor. Blue lights are often used as a symbol to remember fallen officers. Read more about that here.

By about 10:30 Saturday morning, the store had run out of bulbs. It assured people it'd be getting more from other True Value stores and buying out Menards' supply. 

While the bulbs are free, the store is accepting donations for the officer. 

True Value added in its Facebook post that the officer's family contacted them to say thank you. 

"Know that they and all law enforcement appreciate this simple gesture of compassion," the post reads. 

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