It’s been a deadly few weeks for law enforcement across the country. Now communities, including Evansville, are holding prayer vigils.
Brenda Bergwitz of Evansville organized the vigil outside police headquarters at the civic center. She’s lived in Evansville for more than 50 years and says it’s important for folks to stand behind law enforcement.
This isn’t something new for Brenda Bergwitz. She dedicates her life to helping others. Today, it’s those who put their lives on the line for us everyday.
“We have lost so many in the last week and it’s a travesty in itself and it shouldn’t be,” Brenda Bergwitz said.
She led this vigil with friends standing by her side.
“Every occupation out there has some bad people, but there’s more good than there is bad,” she said.
She began with a prayer. Then everyone began to recite the pledge of allegiance and signs were held high. Some of the signs read, “all lives matter” and “support our local police officers.”
“This calling for the slaughter of police in our country is just not right,” Beth Riffel said.
Brenda had one goal: to reassure law enforcement the community stands behind them.
“I think they are going to be humbled to realize how much they love and care for them,” she said.
“The people that are threatening the police need to realize that there are a lot more of us protecting the police and we have their backs,” Riffel said.
With a smile on his face, Evansville Police Chaplain Tyrone Edwards is thankful the community supports the police department.
“It was really encouraging that we get an opportunity to pray for our officers,” he said. “A lot of times we don’t really take advantage of those chances and opportunities.”
“We will be the eyes and ears that are silently standing by,” Riffel said.
As the vigil comes to an end, Brenda quotes the lords prayer. She reminds those listening how important it is to bleed blue.
Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and City Councilman At-Large Dr. H. Dan Adams were among those at the vigil.