2013-05-09 / Top News

Special service for officers planned Sunday



McDOWELL — This Sunday, May 19 at 11:15 a.m. there will be a very special service honoring all law enforcement men and women at the McDowell Presbyterian Church in McDowell.

The service is open to all, with a special invitation to law enforcement officers and personnel, both past and present, and their families, from Highland and some of the surrounding jurisdictions. 

County sheriff’s departments, the police departments from several local cities, and the Virginia State Police serving in Highland have all received invitations.   

“What we are doing,” said Pastor Beth Pyles, “is making a special effort in the community to recognize the dedication, the intelligence, and commitment that police officers make every day to the safety of our communities.” 

She continued, “When I practiced law, I learned perhaps more than many of my colleagues in the ministry about what police work is all about.” 

That was part of the message she preached a few months ago when she officiated at the funeral service for Sgt. Mark Diehl of the Staunton Police Department and the husband of Officer Lisa Klein.

The service marks the conclusion of National Police Week, and as Pyles noted, “In these troubled times, we cannot forget the necessary and important and often dangerous work the men and women of our local law enforcement agencies do, and we seek to give them our appreciation.”

The service is at 11:15 a.m. and will be followed by a lunch provided by the church.

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