Keeping A Blue Light On
A Citizen's Tribute to the Seattle Police Department
by Stacey Sanner
This is the first book by Seattle-area resident Stacey Sanner. During 2010, Stacey was granted rare access to interview and photograph officers from the Seattle Police Department. She has captured personal stories about the experiences that have shaped them, the events and the people they remember, and the rewards and challenges of the job.
The inspiration for the book came from Sanner’s desire to honor the memory of the five Seattle-area police officers who were tragically murdered in late 2009 – Seattle Officer Timothy Brenton, who was shot in his patrol car while instructing officer-in-training Britt Sweeney on Oct. 31, 2009; and the Lakewood officers, Officer Tina Griswold, Officer Ronald Owens, Sgt. Mark Renninger, and Officer Gregory Richards, who were murdered on Nov. 29, 2009 as they sat in coffee shop doing paperwork. The book is a tribute not only to the fallen but also to the men and women of the Seattle Police Department who put on the badge every day to protect the citizens of Seattle.
The title refers to the touching gesture made by Seattle-area citizens who put blue lights on in their windows as a sign of support for law enforcement during that sad time in late 2009. “This book is my way of showing my support for law enforcement, my way of keeping that blue light on every day, all year round,” writes Sanner in the book’s opening.
Keeping a Blue Light On was published to coincide the one-year anniversary of the officer murders. Net proceeds will benefit the Seattle Police Foundation.
This book is also available in a 12" x 9" version for $29.99 at Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle and on their website. The original Blurb version of this book, pictured here, is still available.
Stacey Sanner has worked in photography, fiction and non-fiction writing for more than 20 years. As a freelance journalist for the daily, weekly and monthly in Cleveland, Ohio, and for Variety, she has written dozens of concert and record reviews and feature interviews with actors, comedians and musicians ranging from Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails to Jerry Seinfeld. As a fiction writer, Stacey attended the Breadloaf Writers Conference in 1997. Her photography was shown in a group exhibition in New York City in March 2005. Stacey Sanner’s career as a PR professional has spanned more than 20 years in senior roles with high-profile entertainment and media corporations in New York and Los Angeles including A&M Records, VH1/MTV Networks and Teen People Magazine/Time Inc. Stacey now lives in the Seattle area with her husband, Reggie Fils-Aime.