Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God. Matthew 5:9
The Wicomico County Sheriff’s Department and community gathered on June 21, 2022, for the funeral of Sheriff Deputy First Class Glenn Hilliard who was tragically killed in the line of duty on June 12. Sheriff Deputy First Class Hilliard, who would have turned 42 years old on Wednesday, had a wife and three children. He was a 16-year veteran law enforcement officer.
LCC K-9 Police Ministry Dog Kezia (Emmanuel - Baltimore, Maryland) and her law enforcmenet handler Patrick, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Amos (Our Savior's Way - Ashburn, Virginia), and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Solomon (King of Glory - Williamsburg, Virginia) and their handlers, shared God’s love and comfort with law enforcement, their families and other first responders at the funeral for Sheriff Deputy First Class Glenn Hilliard. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were invited by Project Thank A Cop.
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog teams were honored to be present this day as they saw thousands of people all working together to create an amazing hero's send off for Officer Hilliard's family and friends. As one of the handlers reflected on this experience, she noticed the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and their handlers were approached by officers, friends and family who had smiles on their faces. It felt like their time with the dogs afforded them a moment of joy and peace and allowed them to forget for a moment the unjustness of why they were all gathered that day. God was there- making every one of one mind, one body, laboring for His child and that child's loved ones, so that they would know- everyone there would know- that He loves us more deeply than we can comprehend.
Patrick, an LCC K-9 Police Ministry Handler and former officer reflected, how Kezia, Amos and Solomon Comfort Dogs were a small but significant part of a bigger hedge of protection and compassion that officers, firemen, EMT and community volunteers showed Deputy Hiliard’s family. What struck him the most, was one officer who never touched the dogs but was walking past the Comfort Dogs and without losing stride looked down at the dogs and said, ‘Thank you for being here.’
Patrick saw how the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and their handlers' presence meant so much to him. Grief-stricken police wives and children loved on the dogs that helped all of them get through the day. The Comfort Dog team had prayed at the beginning of the day that God would let the light of Jesus shine through the eyes of those dogs and handlers, and He clearly made that happen.
A Heart of Mercy and Compassion was given for law enforcement, family and friends to share messages of love, hope and prayer.
Please pray for the heartbroken police officers and their families as they say continue to grieve Sheriff Deputy First Class Glenn Hilliard loss.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18