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Covington County prayer vigil honors fallen and local police officers

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COVINGTON COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

A prayer vigil in Covington County honored the fallen officers in Baton Rouge and local law enforcement for putting their lives on the line every day.

Dozens of people gathered in front of the Covington County courthouse to pay respects and pray for the future of our country.

 “It’s a scary time, but like they said today, we aren’t drafted to do this," said Seminary Police Officer Mary Alice Wilson. "We do this by choice.”

The community also lit candles and prayed for the future of the community and for the violence to stop.

“There was a time in which the law was respected and the law man was a hero of the community," said Seminary Police Chief Michael Kelly. "Sadly that is a time that is no more."

Other officials like Collins Police Chief Joseph Ponder also discussed the importance of having an open dialogue with the community.

“We have issues on every side, issues going on but as a people and Christians and a community, I remain optimistic this will get fixed,” Ponder said.

Speakers like Mississippi Sen. Joey Fillingane also said a few words to the crowd to show support for officers in the community.

“I think it’s important to stop by every so often like this morning and openly, publicly say we love you guys we thank you for the job you do and for keeping us safe day in and day out,” Fillingane said.

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