Ala. deputy praying with man warms hearts on social media

The candid photo of an officer praying over a man has gone viral


Carol Robinson
Alabama Media Group, Birmingham

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. — A candid photo snapped by a Jefferson County woman Tuesday morning is touching hearts on social media.

Lindsay Williams McGough captured Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy David Lawrence praying with a man outside the Shamrock gas station near the Hayden/Corner exit. A tow truck company was called to the scene to help the unidentified man unlock his car.

McGough gave AL.com permission to share her photo and her words, which have been shared hundreds of times on social media.

This is what she posted: “I don’t know this police officer and he has no idea that I was watching him or snapped this picture. With all the negative things said about our first responders I wanted to share what I witnessed off the Hayden/Corner exit. This Jefferson County police officer helped a citizen out and then prayed over him and with him before departing from the call. A guy having a bad day was aided by an officer doing his job, but the fact that the officer took the time to show this man who was having a bad day God’s love was amazing to witness! I can’t commend this officer enough for going above the call! #jeffersoncounty #police #firstresponders #abovethecall #backtheblue #alabama”

Sheriff Mark Pettway said his deputies enjoy helping others. “Our deputies go beyond the call of duty every day. We appreciate it when citizens acknowledge our work,’’ the sheriff said. “With three officers killed in Alabama this year, we ask the public to pray for us as we pray for them.”

 

I don’t know this police officer and he has no idea that I was watching him or snapped this picture. With all the...

Posted by Lindsay Williams McGough on Tuesday, May 21, 2019

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