May 7, 2009 – National Day of Prayer in Santa Paula
Creator and God,
You are the provider of all the things in our lives. In ancient days, walls were built around cities for protection. In these days you provide public safety personnel to keep us safe.
Some would refer to our community as a “premier place to live.” With all else wonderful, Santa Paula can not be so unless we are safe. We thank those who risk their lives to protect us.
For our police department, God, we thank you and ask your protection over them. We ask them to make split second decisions on our behalf. They stand in harm’s way instead of us. They deal with problems we create and the messes we make. We ask them to work long hours, wear bullet proof vests in hot weather, and expect them to be polite and cheerful in every circumstance.
Thank you for stable and skilled leadership in our police department. For Chief Steve MacKinnon, Lt. Carlo Juarez and Lt. Troyce Reynolds, Sergeant Ismael Cordero, Sergeant Robert Cooper, Sergeant Jimmy Fogata, Sergeant Joey De los Reyes, Sergeant Ryan Smith and Acting Sergeant Cody Madison.
We pray for our 16 senior officers and officers, Dispatcher Supervisor Chris Cook and six dispatchers. Keep our canines safe as they stand in for their handlers and often take the first blow.
We lift our Fire Department before you. We thank you they are trained as paramedics. God, protect them from the shock of being jarred from sound sleep, seeing things no eyes should see, experiencing terrible dangers. We ask them to wear unbelievable protective gear in the hottest of weather and under extreme heat and danger. When everyone else runs from fire, they run towards it.
Bless Fire Chief Rick Araiza, Chief Kevin Fildes, Captain Jerry Byrum, Captain Dustin Lazenby, Captain Steve Lazenby, Captain Gil Segovia, Captain Milo Bustillos, Captain Dan Campos. We pray for our engineers and our 40 firefighters.
As we pray for our State and City and the challenges of managing local government fund, please keep the necessary funds at these levels so that no staffing levels or operations are compromised.
God, you know the special challenges that face families of public safety personnel. Put hedges of safety around them. They sting from loss of companionship and from the love that gets directed towards life at the stations.
We pray for the paramedics in our ambulance crews who travel with police and fire, often ahead of them, sometimes being called in to rescue and administer advanced life saving skills as they deal with life and death in the long ride to the emergency room.
We thank you for the resurrection of Santa Paula Hospital, for the emergency room doctors and nurses who face tragedies and unimaginable circumstances.
God please protect our public safety men and women. Protect their families, their eye, their hands. Make them amiable colleagues.
Let them know you are the great protector, the great provider, the great safe place.
We love you God for bending low to hear our prayers.