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Community unites in prayer for law enforcement officers

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The Bossier community gathered in prayer last week, calling for peace and healing throughout the nation.

The prayer vigil, which lasted almost an hour, was led by leaders of local churches at the Bossier Sheriff’s Office Substation in Bossier City. The community stood side-by-side and hand-in-hand with law enforcement officers, uniting as one following the tragic deaths of five Dallas police officers last week.

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington said the vigil was held to honor the request of the Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, who called for a nationwide time of prayer.

“I don’t have all the answers. Nobody does. But I know who does and that was the purpose of today’s prayer rally…to ask the Lord to come in, heal our land and provide protection for our law enforcement officers. That’s what we did today,” Whittington said at Friday’s rally.

Bossier resident Mark Hagerhjelm attended the prayer vigil with his wife and daughters. He said it was important for them to be there to show support of law enforcement.

“It’s encouraging to see a group’s first response is to pray,” Hagerhjelm said. “That’s what is important now. By supporting our police and law enforcement, we can let them know that our community is behind them and we do pray for them and their safety.”

State Representative Dodie Horton (Dist. 9) said it was encouraging to see city, parish and state agencies standing amongst the crowd.

“We are one community, one state and one nation under God,” Horton said. “We are blessed in Bossier Parish to have a Sheriff who is such a Godly man and will bring us together in Christ rather than dividing us with anger. We will continue to stand together for all people and fight the division that violence has brought to our nation. We will also continue to pray for our law enforcement officers and their families.”