The death of Houston Sheriff's Deputy Darren Goforth sparked prayer services in a few of our Local 6 communities. Three services were held in conjunction with Goforth’s funeral on Friday.
Lyon County Judge Executive Wade White hosted one at 9 a.m. and another at 11 a.m. at the court house. “Our law enforcement officers are under attack,” he said in a news release. More than 70 people attended the second service, which White said was fewer than the first group. The goal was to pray for those in uniform at the state and local levels.
Eddyville Police Lt. Jaime Green says she’s always felt support from her hometown. ”It really means a lot to see the community come out and support each and every one of us,” she says. The job is more dangerous today than in the past, but Green says it’s worth doing. ”It's not for the pay," she said. "We do it because we want to help the community.”
Ironically, emergency service personnel were called during the ceremony to respond to the Christian Care Center. Within a few minutes, the parking lot was full of emergency first responders. This is exactly why Cindy Yandall, the mother of a sheriff’s deputy and a volunteer fire fighter, says they deserve our respect. “They're here to serve and protect. They have a calling,” she said. The call to the center turned out to be caused by a problem with an air-conditioning unit. No one was injured, and no fire broke out.
Goforth's death fuels Yandall's fears when her children get ready for work. “I can't imagine the pain that family is going through,” Yandall said.
In addition to Lyon County services, the Fulton-Cumberland Presbyterian Church in South Fulton, Tennessee, and Pleasant Valley Mission Church in Water Valley, Kentucky, also held prayer services at their local police departments.
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