Tragic Deaths, Mass Shooting, Natural Disasters
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry is one of presence. When the Lord calls, we must go and serve Him. Recently, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry responded to multiple emergency site visits all over the country to provide love and comfort to all those suffering and in need following the loss of life and tragic events.
Subway Shooting in Brooklyn, New York
Comforting the Community in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, after the Tragic Death of Eight-Year-Old Oliver Hitchcock
Sunday evening was an emotional night for the Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, community as they gathered together to remember Oliver Hitchcock, eight years old, who was tragically killed. It was a time for people to gather to support one another and Oliver’s father, brother, and family. There were tears shed as they remembered and mourned Oliver. But also, on this night, much love and encouragement were shared with each other.
Many people wore purple ribbons in honor of Oliver as that was his favorite color. Oliver and his eleven-year-old brother loved to play outdoors. According to his uncle, “They also enjoyed video games, playing together and doing YouTube videos. They were just best friends.”
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Charity (Brookfield - Brookfield, Wisconsin), Hagar (Faith Lutheran - Appleton, Wisconsin), Lila (Beautiful Savior - Mequon, Wisconsin), Mary (St. Paul's - Janesville, Wisconsin), Sage (Concordia University Wisconsin - Mequon, Wisconsin), Samson (Zion - Marengo, Illinois), and Tobias (Lord of Glory - Grayslake, Illinois), along with their handlers, were there to comfort the grieving community.
Please keep the Hitchcock family in your prayers for God’s strength, healing, and hope. We pray for them to have peace knowing that sweet Oliver is safe in God’s arms. Please pray for the first responders; those that took the call, the police, the paramedics, the fire department, and others who responded to this tragedy. We give thanks for this community that gathered together in love and support during this difficult time of loss and mourning.
"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." Psalm 147:3
IN THE NEWS
Helping Students and Staff of Salem High School, Indiana, Cope with Two Sudden Deaths
It was a very difficult weekend for Salem High School in Salem, Indiana, as they experienced two deaths. On Friday, Mr. Richard, their band director, died after a long illness. He was known as “Mr. T” by his beloved students. He taught for 50 years with Salem Community Schools.
This loss was compounded by the death of Konnar, a senior, who died on Saturday after his battle with cancer. He also was a member of the band at Salem High School. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Mercy (Our Savior - Louisville, Kentucky) and Naomi (Holy Cross - Indianapolis, Indiana), and their handlers were there for the students and staff to give them time to share or say nothing at all. The comforting presence of Naomi and Mercy brought some smiles and a break from the sadness they were feeling.
Here's a handler’s reflection of the visit: “God was there with us. We saw him in the earnest and loving words spoken by the students about their band director and their fellow student Konnar. God was there in the silent moments too. After petting Mercy for quite some time, one sweet girl smiled and said it was as if Mercy was absorbing the sadness. She said she was able to smile again and hadn’t been able to do that at all earlier in the day.”
We pray for God’s love and healing to be with them all.
Bringing Comfort to Kingfisher High School in Oklahoma after a Tragic Death of a Freshman
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Miriam (Emmanuel - Kingfisher, Oklahoma) and Rufus (St. Mark - Edmond, Oklahoma) with their handlers responded with an immediate visit on Friday to Kingfisher High School in Kingfisher, Oklahoma, after the accidental shooting death of 15-year-old Luke, a freshman. Miriam and Rufus were there to catch their tears and provide some peace from all the pain and confusion the students and staff were experiencing.
On Monday, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Persis (King of Kings - Glenpool, Oklahoma) joined Miriam and Rufus for a follow-up visit as this has been a difficult loss for the students and staff
Bringing Smiles to Students and Teachers in Jacksboro, Texas, after Devastating Tornadoes
The elementary school and the middle school of Jacksboro, Texas, were damaged in the tornados a couple of weeks ago. The students have been learning in alternate places since then. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Elijah (Our Redeemer - Wichita Falls, Texas), Pax & Phoebe (St. Paul - Fort Worth, Texas), and Triton (Messiah - Plano, Texas) were invited to visit the students on Monday before they move back to their original school on April 19th. The K-9s brought many smiles as they spent time with students and teachers.
Providing Love and Comfort to First Responders After Mass Shooting in Sacramento, California
Last week, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Micah (Light of the Valley - Elk Grove, California) Rahab (St. Andrews - Stockton, California), and Reuben (First Lutheran - Yuba City, California), visited the Operations Manager for Sacramento Regional Fire/EMS Communications Center and Sacramento Police Department Communications Center after the Sacramento shooting that resulted in six deaths and twelve wounded.
They took those urgent calls and sent immediate police, paramedic, and firefighter assistance to the scene after the horrific shooting. These brave men and women who serve as dispatchers are with citizens in the darkest moments of their lives: death, illness, and trauma.
The K-9s and their handlers also visited the Sacramento County Coroner's Office, whose job is to process the bodies of each person whose life is taken too soon. The coroners' job is also a necessary and overwhelming as they oversee victims of all ages: children to the elderly.
The Comfort Dogs and their handlers are honored to serve the Sacramento Regional Fire/EMS Communication Center, Sacramento Police Department Communication Center, and Sacramento Coroner's Office with visits to provide love, comfort, and smiles during those difficult and heavy times.
"He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day," Psalm 91:4-54
LCC never goes where we are not invited. LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry NEVER charges those we serve as we bring the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need.
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