More than 125 people gathered to show their support and to honor those officers who lost their lives this year in the performance of their duties during the ìBack the Blueî vigil.
Alysha Bratcher welcomed the crowd, thanked them for their support and urged them to thank law enforcement officers for ‘what they do on a daily basis.’
‘It’s time for supporters to be louder than the haters,’ Bratcher said.
Sam Griffin, a pastor with First Baptist Church, asked those at the vigil to pray for officers and their families.
Griffin said people should be vigilant in praying for peace officers, and should strive to comfort those who suffer from grief or loss.
He urged the crowd to surround and pray for the law enforcement officers who were present.
Instantly dozens of people – friends, family members and strangers – gathered around officers, put their hands on them and prayed.