IOWA PARK, TX (KAUZ) - Residents in Iowa Park were up early Saturday morning to walk in prayer for the protection of first responders.
"I realized how much all our law enforcement and EMT's do for us. So, I thought we need to come together as a community and show some respect and let them know that there are people who care about what they do and just show the support," prayer walk organizer, Ryan Gilmore said.
He got the idea following deadly attacks on law enforcement in Dallas and Baton Rouge where eight officers lives were lost.
Iowa Park police officers and the police chief attended the prayer walk.
"The fact that our community can come together and we can all pray together for the protection of our police officers and our EMT's, and our firefighters, it feels awesome," Chief Robert Johnson said.
Iowa Park resident Kennedy Johnson comes from a family of law enforcement and said these people put their lives on the line every day.
"That's something that's really courageous and that needs to be prayed for because our country needs God," Johnson said.
The prayer walk through the city included songs and worship. Members of the police department spoke to the public expressing their gratitude for the community's support. Chief Johnson wants his city to know, no matter what, he and his officers will always protect and serve the city of Iowa Park.
"We're still going to be here. We're still going to (do) what we were hired to do as police officers and to have our community and all of Wichita County backing us, it's a wonderful feeling," Chief Johnson said.
Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6