On Tuesday, April 6, LCC K-9 Ministry teams were invited to honor Texas Trooper Chad Walker, who tragically lost his life last week after coming to the aid of what he thought was a disabled motorist. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Abner (Bethany – Austin, Texas), Gabriel (Messiah – Houston, Texas), Joy (Gloria Dei – Houston, Texas), Martha (Bethany – Austin, Texas), and Triton (Messiah – Plano, Texas), and their ministry teams traveled to a small town east of Waco - Groesbeck, Texas, to be with Trooper Walker's family, friends, community and department. This is whom we honor today. This is the family and community for whom we pray.
On Wednesday, April 7, the Texas LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry teams were honored to serve in this deployment. Along with the sadness of the occasion, one great thing we all noticed and appreciated was a picture of hope we saw everywhere. Green rolling fields were covered in so many amazing wildflowers. God has not turned his compassion and love away from this family, this town, this department. He made that very clear to us as we witnessed His renewal in the rebirth of the fields. One more certainty to us, the thin blue line that runs through Groesbeck and Limestone County is anything but thin. It's strong and vibrant, and compassionate. We saw so many examples of that today as we visited with family, friends, and law enforcement officers from all over this country. God bless the Walker family.
On Thursday, April 8, as law enforcement officers and first responders entered the Groesbeck High School football stadium, it was like watching a roll call of cities and counties all over the state. Mingled in among them were officers and first responders from other states, many of whom traveled great distances to be present for a final farewell. They came to honor the life of Trooper Chad Walker. They came to show great respect to the family and friends he left behind. They came to participate in a service that showed dignity and courage to those who watched in person or online. In-person, the crowd consisted of over 5,000 people who filled the bleachers, sat in chairs on the field, or lined the stadium's perimeter.
The Texas LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and ministry teams were honored to be present for Trooper Walker's funeral. We were honored to serve in response to the service of a man who will remain in the hearts and minds of those who knew and loved him.
"Well done, good and faithful servant!" Matthew 25:23