Prayer event for first responders held in Cleveland

Prayers of protection are said over all of Liberty County's first responders. Representing all first responders at the prayer event in April were three members of Cleveland Fire Department and one Liberty County sheriff's deputy.

A handful of people temporarily gave up social distancing on Friday to attend a prayer event to lift up first responders. As first responders have continued to be in harm’s way as a result of the pandemic and with the recent loss of a San Marcos police officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty, Cleveland Fire Chaplain Lance Blackwell thought the timing for the prayer event was appropriate.

The pandemic also has caused uncertainty for this year’s National Day of Prayer, an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May. In normal scenarios, prayers would be offered for the first responders at the National Day of Prayer event in Cleveland and the Liberty County Courthouse.

Cleveland firefighters and Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputy Willie Davie stood outside of Cleveland Historical Museum while members of local churches took turns saying prayers of protection over them.

Cleveland Police Department was unable to attend because all officers were tied up with calls for help at the time.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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