Front row: Police Chief Tyler Wheeler, Carly White and Jacci Colston. Back row: Captain Zach James and Gideon Chapter member Gerald Byars.

The Shelbina Gideon Camp, of Gideons International, presented Monroe City’s emergency service workers with a prayer, plaque and bible on March 31 at the Monroe City Police Department, which included the Monroe City Police officers, Monroe City Firefighters and Monroe City Ambulance first responders.

On behalf of the Gideon Chapter, Gerald Byars, of Paris, addressed the three departments thanking them for their countless hours of sacrifice they give to ensure the safety of the community.

Byars explained that each of them were in their prayers for guidance and protection as they serve others. Byars stated, “We thank you for your willingness to be trained for the front line when trauma and drama strikes individuals, families, businesses and every aspect of our area. We pray for wisdom, safety, personal courage and strength for each. We pray that you restore mental and emotional resource as you pour your hearts and minds into minimizing potential damage and loss to residents in the area. We pray that the community’s gratitude and prayers, for the risk of your lives, encourages your daily response to our local needs.”

Monroe City Police Chief Tyler Wheeler, Jaccie Colston and Carly White accepted the plaque on behalf of the emergency service workers in Monroe City. Fire Chief Rich Enochs was unavailable due to answering a fire call.