Local pastor shares prayer with Loudon Co. Sheriff's deputies

LENOIR CITY, Tenn. (WVLT) - In the wake of all the recent violence around the country, local law enforcement has experienced an outpouring of support from the community.

Tuesday morning, the Loudon County Sheriff's Office shared photos on its Facebook page, of officers in prayer along with Rev. Donny Crass from the First Baptist Church in Lenoir City. The department says Crass came to visit at shift change and shared some kind words before leading deputies in prayer. He also donated some fruit and vegetable trays as a snack for officers.

Later in the day, Sheriff Tim W. Guider shared the following message on Facebook, thanking the community for their ongoing support:

Message from Loudon County Sheriff Tim W. Guider:

I want to publicly thank all the people who have supported our Sheriff’s Office in the past, but especially during these current and most trying of times. I ask that you do not fall prey to certain media and politicians that attempt to place fear where fear is not needed. Make no mistake, the officers of the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office will be there in your time of need no matter your race, creed, or any other factor. We are all Americans, and ALL Americans are afforded the same rights and protections by our officers.

We are humbled by the tremendous support from the citizens of Loudon County as well as other supporters across the country that have messaged us via our FB page showing support for the work and dedication of our officers. We deeply appreciate your support!

The officers of the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office will proudly continue to do the job they love, protecting and serving ALL the citizens of and visitors to our county.

Once again, thank you for the outpouring of support, prayers, and encouraging words.

Sheriff Tim W. Guider