On the afternoon of Monday, March 22, 10 people were killed, including a Boulder Police Officer, and employees and shoppers traumatized when an individual began randomly shooting in the store. Schools in the area were immediately put on secure lockdown and residents instructed to shelter in place during the incident and investigation.
In less than 24 hours, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were invited and will be on-site to be present throughout the community with employees, residents, and first responders who are trying to cope with this senseless tragedy.
Tim Hetzner, LCC President/CEO, and LCC Director of K-9 Ministries, Anastasia, are working with Bonnie Fear, LCC K-9 Director of Crisis Deployment. Bonnie, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Cubby and Devorah (Redeemer – Fort Collins, Colorado) and their ministry teams were in Boulder Tuesday afternoon to help people who are shocked and trying to process this horrific event. Upon arrival, Comfort Dogs Cubby and Devorah brought much needed smiles and comfort to the Alpha Phi and Chi Omega Sorority Houses on the University of Colorado Boulder Campus, which has 35,338 students.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Eddie (Peace – Grand Island, Nebraska), Joanna (Christ – Lincoln, Nebraska), Katie (Trinity – Fremont, Nebraska), and Priscilla (Trinity – Lincoln, Nebraska), along with their ministry teams, will arrive Wednesday to help bring comfort and hope to all who are grieving.
Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley heroically died in the line of duty and is survived by his wife and seven children. His father stated that he took his job as a police officer very seriously, loved his family more than anything, and he believed in Jesus Christ.
The 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. We know that comfort is needed to help this shocked and devastated community and the first responders who serve them.
Please join LCC in keeping the families, first responders, and the community in your prayers as they move through these extremely trying times.