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Willow Valley Honors Officers

May 26, 2005

Grace Church at Willow Valley, the Grace Brethren church in Lancaster, PA, (John Smith, pastor) recently held its Annual Peace Officers Memorial Service, which recognizes police officers who have given their lives in the line of duty.

Chet Barofski, NJ State Trooper and pastor of Grace Community Church in Hope NJ, was the speaker. Chet gave an excellent message including police stories and a challenge to trust Christ as Savior.

A new addition to the service was a recognition of current officers for bravery, outstanding investigative effort and outstanding officer awards. Local businesses donated gift certificates, savings bonds, TV’s, theatre tickets and other gifts.

According to Steve Doutrich, associate pastor of spiritual formation and administration at the Willow Valley church, nearly 600 people attended, including local politicians and many police officers and their families. Three TV stations covered the event. Doutrich said, “Everyone heard a clear gospel presentation by Pastor Chet. This is another avenue to share the gospel with people.” (photo courtesy Steve Doutrich)
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