The Beaumont Police Department is trying to brighten up a blue Christmas for the family of a colleague who lost his battle with cancer.
Sergeant Teddy Ratcliff died Saturday at his home. The 48-year-old was a 24 year veteran of the Beaumont Police Department. He started as a patrol officer in 1989.
Officers on Wednesday finished decorating his home for Christmas. They went to area department stores to buy all the blue Christmas lights they could find. It took them about four hours to finish.
Officers say the Ratcliff family never finished decorating because the Sergeant became very ill early in the holiday season.
"Blue is the color of law enforcement. The thin blue line. It shows honor to Officer Ratcliff," Detective Crystal Holmes said.
Sergeant Ratcliff is survived by his wife of 25 years and two sons. His funeral service will be 10 a.m. Friday at Woodland Baptist Church in Beaumont.