Blue porch lights speckled Yarnell Avenue like a string of Christmas lights with missing bulbs Sunday between Treasure Island Street and Quicksilver Drive.

Some flicked blue lights on instead of regular clear bulbs in a show of neighborhood solidarity, some to honor those who serve and protect the community and most to honor one law enforcement officer specifically — Bakersfield Police Department Officer David Nelson, 26.

Community members in northwest Bakersfield participated in a Lights On for Officer David Nelson campaign to honor the two-year patrolman who was fatally injured June 26 in a single-vehicle crash during a pursuit.

Javier Lopez, a Kern County corrections worker, replaced clear lights on both sides of his garage with blue ones to honor police officers.

"Anything we can do for them, we do," he said.

Lopez gave his daughter, Sandra Lopez (who is also 26-years-old), money to buy 25 lights to pass out to area residents.

Wayne Richardson, a retired electrical worker, accepted one of those bulbs.

He said he tried to pay the volunteer, but she wouldn't accept it.

Richardson's grandfather, whom he's named after, was a sheriff for 42 years in Oklahoma. The Bakersfield grandson said he knows what it means to be a law enforcement officer, and he thought honoring Nelson and officers like him was a fantastic idea.

"Their job is to protect and serve, and sometimes they give up their lives to do that," Richardson said.

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