CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The tribute to Deputy Joe Matuskovic continued Monday night as porches across the Lowcountry lit up in blue. Since word of the porch light vigil hit social media last week, blue bulbs have sold out across the tri-county area.
The assistant manager of the Home Depot in West Ashley says every blue bulb in the store was bought within a day or two of the social media post.
"We tried to get them from other stores," explains assistant manager Patti Lee. "All the stores in the Charleston-area, Summerville, North Charleston and us, sold out."
"I will be shining my light as well this evening, as well our staff," says Chrisi Hobbs, the spokeswoman for Heroes Memorial Foundation. "I think it's just amazing to see how much the community does come together in a tragedy."
Edisto resident Robert Bailey was hoping to pick up a few more Monday.
"We, obviously, have one now. We were just going to get some and pass some out to other friends of ours."
Bailey says last Monday's events hit him hard, not only because he is a former Charleston County deputy but also because he used to patrol the apartment complex where Deputy Joe Matuskovic was killed.
"To have worked in this profession before just fills my heart to see something like that could have happened."
The Florida-based organization "Heroes Memorial Foundation" inspired tonight's observance. Hobbs says the blue glow, while simple, is a symbol of gratitude and solidarity.
"We kind of take for granted on a day-to-day basis sometimes what our law enforcement officers do on our behalf, they way that they protect us, and it's really amazing to see what happens, and it's unfortunate on one hand, but it's amazing on the other hand to see that they can come and they show up and they show their support for the family, and they do so in such a large scale."
"It tells me that even though you feel so unappreciated sometimes, it lets me know that someone really cares," says Bailey.