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Coronavirus: Police Chaplain Down

The afternoon of April 4, 2020, we members of the ICPC (International Conference of Police Chaplains) received a prayer request for Law Enforcement Chaplain Don Crider of the Morristown (TN) Police Department. We were requested to keep Don, his family and all first responders in our prayers. He was diagnosed with Covid-19 and was in CCU at Morristown-Hamblen Hospital on life support. He was my next door neighbor, relatively speaking, just 70 miles away in these blue ridges of the Appalacian Mountains. Don had been actively involved with the Police Chaplain Unit for nearly two decades.

Then, just four days later, the afternoon of April 8, 2020, we received this report: “It is with great sadness that we report Chaplain Don Crider of the Morristown (TN) Police Department passed away moments ago. Please pray for his wife Thelma, who is battling unrelated health issues. With current guidelines as they are, any comprehensive memorial would be scheduled at a later date.”

How very sad and distressing for his wife and family, and for the entire law enforcement community. It just rips one’s heart out that there is no memorial service, but that’s the prudent thing to do right now. We don’t want to add to the number of those who are victims of Coronavirus. I wonder if the dispatchers put out a last call for him…


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