Prayers offered for area law enforcement
WEIRTON — More than three dozen area residents gathered in Weirton’s Municipal Plaza Sunday afternoon, offering prayers and thanks to local law enforcement officers.
Representatives of the Weirton Police Department, Brooke County Sheriff’s Department and Hancock County Sheriff’s Department were on hand for the service, which was organized by city resident Jennie Newbrough.
“We are with you. We stand with you,” Newbrough said. “Today is the beginning; a first step toward unity.”
Newbrough read from Romans 13:1-7, noting the importance of following the law and appreciating those who give their lives to protect others.
Flora Perrone, Ward 5 councilwoman in Weirton, spoke of the importance of law enforcement across the country, referencing the story of David, who was first a shepherd, then a warrior and finally a king, taking on different battles in protecting the people.
“Every day, you defend the weak and the helpless and the vulnerable,” Perrone said. “Who is more on the front lines of warfare, in our culture, than our law enforcement?”
Pastor Sam Williams, of Christ the King Family Worship Center, noted his own history with law enforcement, having spent 20 years battling drug and alcohol addiction. He said he understands the commitment police officers give in protecting others.
“It takes a special person to even think about being a police officer,” Williams said.
Pastor Rachel Swihart, of Crossroads Church, also expressed appreciation for the service of law enforcement, and thanked them for their courage.
Dr. Cherian John spoke about the honor and respect for police officers, and encouraged residents to remember there are more similarities among people than there are differences.
“All of us are special. We’re all human beings,” he said.
A message of appreciation also was delivered on behalf of Hancock County Commissioner Joe Barnabei.