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Remembering Local Peace Officers

Six years ago our nation learned the true meaning of a public servant.  To thank those that serve one East Texas church held a remembrance service Sunday morning.

It was six years ago after 9/11 the Lord laid it on Pastor John Green's heart to begin a remembrance service at Lake Athens Baptist church.

"After 9/11 we had to not only respect those who had died, but those that are willing to die and serve our community," said Pastor Green.  "What about those in Henderson County?  Had it been here, they would have been just like that."  Around 50 police officers, firefighters, highway patrolmen, sheriff deputies and EMS responders attended the service.  Name by name they were called to the front and thanked from the entire church family and community.

"It's nice to know people do really care," said Highway Patrol Senior Corporal Brian Barnhart.  "They honored us in a way that sometimes we forget."  This year's service was extra special.

"We feel deeply the loss of those two Sheriff Deputy," said Pastor Green. "Paul Habelt and Tony Ogburn."  On May 17th two Henderson County Sheriff Deputy's were shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance call.

"This year has been real meaningful because of the loss of two of our own," said Henderson County Sheriff Ronny Brownlow.  Henderson County Deputy Kevin Harris was shot in the leg on that day in May.  Sunday, he walked to receive his appreciation.

"They gave themselves to protect our community from the harm that was there," said Pastor Green.  As John 15:13 said on the program, "No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends."  A thank you expressed beyond words.

State representative Betty Brown, and several city and county officials also attended the service to say thank you.

Danielle Capper, Reporting. dcapper@kltv.com

 

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