A Grace Brethren pastor is quoted in an article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review about efforts to bring hope and healing to a hurting Pennsylvania community. Norris Mason, pastor of Valley Grace Brethren Church, Armagh, Pa., was part of a service for first responders and community members on Monday following the death of a police officer in the line of duty. A portion of the article appears below. Click here to read the complete story.
Community gathers for hope and healing
St. Clair police Officer Lloyd E. Reed Jr. was laid to rest Friday.
An honor guard of police cars, motorcycle police and the Pittsburgh Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums band solemnly escorted the hearse bearing Reed’s flag-draped coffin down the streets of Johnstown to the Cambria County War Memorial, where fellow officers and a police chaplain eulogized “Junior” Reed.
On Monday, local first responders and community members gathered at New Florence United Methodist Church for a prayer and healing service followed by dinner at the New Florence fire hall. …
The Rev. Norris Mason of Valley Grace Brethren Church praised the firefighters, police and emergency medical technicians who put their lives on the line each and every day.
“That was vividly demonstrated the other day when Officer Reed gave his life in doing his duty,” Mason said. “We are here to thank all of you and honor Officer Reed tonight.”
A portion of the article appears below. Click here to read the complete story.