BURKE, TX (KTRE) - An East Texas church held a special service Sunday to pray for law enforcement
It was an emotional day of service for those who came to the Faith Family Church.
Church members prayed for the safety of law enforcement and heard their stories. Senior Pastor Leo Lytle said this was much needed after tragic attacks.
"Their under more pressure than they've ever been," Lytle said. "They have to be more cautious than they've ever been, and we just want to let them know that we're behind them, that we're praying for them, and we're concerned about them."
"This is just a good group of people, this church really loving, and they really care about law enforcement," Angelina County Sheriff, Greg Sanchez said. "It just shows how Angelina County has been overwhelmingly in great support of law enforcement."
Lytle said the Sunday service was dedicated to those who help keep the community safe, and their families.
"They have to wait all day to see if everything went ok, and you just never know," Lytle said. "So they're under as much stress and pressure as the officers themselves, so we want to recognize those families. We pray for them."
"Our officers are trying to be as careful as they can and watchful and observant," Sanchez said.
Church members hope this will serve as a step closer to bridging the gap.
"We had a line here today to let our people personally show their gratitude, their concern, they're prayers, not only for officers, but their families," Lytle said.
"We're kind of the glue that holds everything together," Sanchez said. "We're there to protect and serve the people. As a sheriff I want to make sure that we've got good law enforcement officers. And if we have a problem, then we'll take care of it."
"We never know where the next event is going to happen," Lytle said. "There is a hate out there and it's a terrible thing. It's not of God, it's of the devil. It's increasing as time goes, it's almost a real sharp line between good and evil."
Sanchez said the department has an open door policy, and anyone with questions or concerns can contact them anytime.