DATE/TIME: Wednesday, February 8th, 2006 / 10:15 AM

Capital Region Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) is joining forces again with WGNA (Country 107.7) for the 2nd annual Blue Friday, which will be held this Friday, February 10th from 6-10 a.m. during the Sean and Richie Show. WGNA established Blue Friday last year to recognize the efforts and sacrifices made by Capital Region law enforcement officers and to raise money for Capital Region C.O.P.S. programs. The 2004 line-of-duty deaths of Albany Police Lieutenant John Finn and Schenectady Police Officer Eric Verteramo were the driving force behind the creation of Blue Friday.

From 6-10 a.m. this Friday, WGNA will be selling blue carnations for $5 in the parking lots of both DeNooyer Chevrolet on Wolf Road in Colonie and the Wilton Mall on Route 50 in Saratoga. Limited edition Blue Friday t-shirts and other C.O.P.S. clothing will also be available for purchase. All proceeds raised will be donated to Capital Region C.O.P.S.

Seagroatt Floral Company of Albany and Frank Gallo and Son Florist of Schenectady have donated 1500 carnations for the event, and at least 35 police agencies are expected to be at both locations.

Capital Region C.O.P.S. encompasses 13 counties (Albany, Columbia, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington) and assists surviving family members and agencies of Capital Region law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

Chapter Vice President Pete Frisoni – a Schenectady Police Lieutenant – states, “We are very grateful for WGNA’s support of Capital Region C.O.P.S. and law enforcement. They’ve been with us since we created the Chapter in 2004 and we can’t thank them enough. Last year’s inaugural Blue Friday was an incredible success with hundreds of people coming out on what was a bitter cold day to show their appreciation for police officers. We raised a lot of money and had a great time. We’re very happy to be partnered with DeNooyer Chevrolet and Wilton Mall this year. We decided to add a northern location after last year’s overwhelming response from the public and thought the Exit 15 area would be a great spot. With two locations now, we believe this year will be even more successful than last.”