Event organizers, Vicky Whitman, wife of Bossier City Marshal Jim Whitman, and Melissa Whittington, wife of Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington, invited first responders, their families and others who appreciate public servants to attend “Blue Steel — A Call to Prayer” on Sunday, Sept. 11.
“We wanted to invite the community to come together and pray for our police, fire and all of our EMS and the families who stand behind these men and women” said Vicky
And Whittington said the name “Blue Steel” also combines two ideas.
“To put on that badge every morning and to walk out there and do that job, you have to be made of steel,” said Melissa. “To be a spouse of that person walking out of that house, you have to be steel.
“It’s a very scary time for families of law enforcement, fire departments,” said Melissa. “A lot of public servants are targets, like they have a target on their back, and as a spouse, we don’t really understand that, so that’s where our faith comes in so that we can stand during those times. When we’re standing, we have to be still and know that God is there.
That’s where the second part comes in with Psalm 46:10 – ‘Be still and know that I am God.’”