Community members organize prayer salute for local law enforcement

The headlines are the kind that have become hard to ignore. Officers killed in the line of duty. Men of all walks of life serving the public and risking their lives daily to uphold the law. Many times, the commission to serve and protect others comes at a costly price.

With those lives lost in mind and uplifting those who serve the Texas County community, local residents and pastors are stepping up to show their appreciation and support to law enforcement in the form of a public prayer event.

The event will take place Friday, July 22 from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. at Guymon High School, located at 2002 N. James St. The doors will open at noon.

Police Chaplain Gary Holdeman will lead off with a greeting and introduction, followed by a works of thanks from Grace Southern Baptist Church Pastor and Fire Department Chaplain Rev. Tom Freeman offering a word of thanks. City of Guymon Mayor Kim Peterson will offer up words up support; Guymon Ministerial Alliance President and Living Word Church Pastor George Lambert will give a word of prayer; Guymon Nazarene Church Pastor and Fire Department Chaplain Wayne Dawson will also offer a word of prayer; the salute will conclude with a benediction from Gary Holdeman.

Organizers extend a special thanks to Guymon Public Schools for allowing the gathering to take place, as well as the efforts of administrators Randy Williams and Dixie Purdy's efforts to host the salute.