During the week of July 10 through July 16, 2021, LCC K-9 Police Ministry Dogs Candace (LCC Staff), Charity (Brookfield Lutheran – Brookfield, Wisconsin), Dora (LHSA of Greater Milwaukee – Milwaukee, Wisconsin), and Julia (King of Glory – Elgin, Illinois) were honored to spend time at C.O.P.S. Kids Camp.
The camp supports children, ages 6-14 years of age, and their parent(s)/guardian(s) of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. Many of the children return to camp each year and look forward to the unconditional love, comfort, and compassion provided by LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs.
In addition, campers at C.O.P.S. Kids Camp have the opportunity to attend grief counseling sessions specifically designed for their needs and participate in activities such as swimming, fishing, arts and crafts, canoeing, ropes courses, and campfire skits.
According to the Officer Down Memorial Page website, 165 Police Officers have died in the line of duty in 2021 alone. Please keep the families, especially the children, who often struggle with enormous grief and loss and are left behind, in your thoughts and prayers.
On Wednesday, July 7, LCC K-9 Police Ministry Dogs Benjamin (LCC Staff), Eve (St. John's - Lombard, Illinois), Julia (King of Glory - Elgin, Illinois) with their law enforcement handlers, and LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Dog Samson (Zion - Marengo, Illinois) and his veteran handler attended the 2nd Annual Andrew Whowell Memorial Golf Outing at Villa Olivia Golf Course in Bartlett, Illinois.
Andy was a retired Deputy Chief for the Arlington Heights Police Department and an amazing handler for LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Susie (Permanently Deployed Serving the Saints). Both Andy and Susie are missed every day by many.
The Comfort Dogs were present to provide comfort and compassion to the golfers who knew and loved Andy. The golf outing brought together many of Andy's friends and family to honor his memory, and was a fundraiser for LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs .
On February 25-26, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Isaac (Redeemer - Spokane Valley, Washington) and his LCC K-9 Ministry team were honored to attend the 1st Responder Mental Health and Wellness Conference held in Spokane, Washington. Isaac's handlers Julie, Doug, Jody, and Corporal Terri Albright, LCC K-9 Police Ministry Coordinator, attended the conference. They were able to share the mercy, compassion, and presence of Jesus Christ with these dedicated men and women who serve our communities each day.
The 1st Responder Conference supports first responders and their families as its goal is pushing past traditional silence and bringing first responder wellness to our Everyday Heroes. Those that attended the conference included police, fire, military/veterans, corrections, dispatchers, chaplains, retired first responders, spouses, professional staff, clinicians, and all who work in the public safety field.
The LCC K-9 Ministry team was blessed to meet and connect with these everyday heroes and look forward to serving them in the future.
Please keep the firefighters, police officers, chaplains, 911 Call Center operators, and military in your prayers for God's protection, strength, and peace.
On Saturday, February 20, LCC K-9 Police Ministry Dogs Amos (Our Savior's Way - Ashburn, Virginia) with his law enforcement handlers Beth and Gary Cummings, and Kezia (Emmanuel - Baltimore, Maryland) with her law enforcement handlers Patrick Donnelly and ministry partner Ric Durham attended the C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors) Maryland Chapter 1st Year Survivor's Event in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The LCC K-9 Police Ministry teams spent time with the families of fallen police officers to serve and bring comfort and the presence and love of Christ to them.
The event included many activities for the families, including a ceremony to present flags to the families. The families also heard a wonderful message on "Resiliency" from U.S. Army (Ret.) Col. David Dodd.
The officers of these families made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, and now their families are also making a sacrifice of going forward without their loved ones. Please remember these families in your prayers for God's comforting presence and strength. We continue to pray for the safety, protection, and wisdom of all who serve in law enforcement.