By Kitsey Burns Harrison
The community recently came out to show its support for area law enforcement personnel at a walk organized by a local minister. Kenny Gooden, pastor of Union Grove Baptist Church, as well as members and ministers from Northwood and Peace Haven Baptist churches, organized the walk.
There were around 200 area residents who came out for the event on Oct. 17, said Yadkinville Police Chief Tim Parks.
“As a law enforcement officer, I didn’t sign up for this job to get pats on the back or people thanking me or my officers for what we do, but it sure was nice to see all those people out supporting us and our profession,” Parks said. “It means a lot knowing our work does not go unnoticed.”
Sheriff Ricky Oliver, Boonville Police Chief Farron Jester and other area officers also attended the event.
“I think it was very important for us to do that simply as a show of support for our men and women who serve us locally in law enforcement, regardless of the department they serve in here in Yadkin County, because we seem to be in a culture where they receive a lot of undue criticism,” Gooden said of why he wanted to organize the march.
“Also it seems like now, unfortunately, they are targets, I mean literally they are targets, for so many people and so many of them have lost their lives in recent week and months in the line of duty and I just wanted our law enforcement personnel in the county to know that they are supported and that we appreciate them and the citizens of Yadkin County were keeping them and their families in our prayers,” Gooden added.
He said he spoke not only for himself, but other area church leaders and community members who came out for the event. Gooden as well as pastors Allen Barker and John Bowman spoke at a brief prayer service following the walk.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.