Andrews NC unanimous: Fr Byers to be first Police Chaplain (I’m humbled)

Humble thanks go to our Police Department, our Chief of Police Michael Hobgood (who, with his words about why we need a chaplain, sets the bar very high indeed), our Mayor James Reid (and his very kind words), and all of our hard working Aldermen. It is a vote of confidence that demands that I strive to live up to expectations. I will do my best.

Some points touched on by the Chief:

  • We need a chaplain because…
    • of some dramatic calls
    • of the officer getting injured
    • of the officer having to shoot someone
    • it all takes a toll on the officer

Let’s review:

Might one think that the video above is a bit too dramatic, the music too adrenaline pushing, somehow glorifying violence (though it’s not; it’s just reality), somehow capitalizing on the adrenaline rush that can come along – going from zero to a hundred in one second in any number of mundane situations such as traffic stops, domestics?

If you think so, erroneously, then do have a listen to “Mike the Cop”, who was inspired to be a cop by his brother, who went into law enforcement before him, and who was shot and killed in the line of duty. Mike rounds out the perspective that you might have not seen above as you’re not in it. But here’s the way it really, really is. I agree with everything Mike says here:

More on the journey of establishing a Police Chaplaincy where there was none before will follow on this blog. That will include commentary on aspects of what a law enforcement chaplain gets himself into.

For now, again, thanks to Chief Hobgood, the guys in the Department, to our Mayor James Reid and all our Aldermen.

 

7 Comments

Filed under Law enforcement, Missionaries of Mercy

7 responses to “Andrews NC unanimous: Fr Byers to be first Police Chaplain (I’m humbled)

  1. Anne Maliborski

    Awwww, you are so much appreciated by everyone in Andrews, Father!

  2. nancyv

    Yes! (you know, what Mary said) and you will always point them to Jesus. I am thrilled for you, but more so for the ones you will serve.

  3. Liz

    Yay! God bless you and God bless the town and it’s people! Wonderful news, Father!

  4. Congratulations George! Inspired choice 😉

  5. Cathy

    Congratulations Fr George. Thanks to keto, you’ll have plenty of room under your shirt for Kevlar 🥴

  6. Jim Preisendorfer

    Congratulations and may Our Beloved Lord Jesus Christ keep you safe. Thank you for your continued support of my good friend Fr. Gordon.

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