Prayers held for officers during shift change in Hendersonville

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Officers from the Hendersonville Police Department have been getting community support in the form of prayer.

Every day during shift change, three times a day, members of at least two local churches go to the department and offer to pray with officers before they go out on the streets.

In the wake of police shootings elsewhere in the United States, church members say they want to pray with any officer who is willing.Hendersonville police prayer

During the Wednesday afternoon shift change, the prayer was held just before the roll call with dozens of police officers and residents taking part.

Cary Massey, a member of First Baptist Church in Hendersonville, said the idea came after hearing the news of police officers being shot and killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

“For the last two weeks, we’ve had volunteers here every shift, every day, 6:30 in the morning, 2:30 in the afternoon, 10:30 at night,” said Massey. “We just pray for the officers as they’re leaving to go about their duties and pray for their families.”

“As they leave we simply ask ‘Can we pray with you?’ They’ll stop and say ‘Yes, please.’ They’ve been very appreciative so far. So we’ll continue doing this as long as this craziness is going on.”

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