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REPORTING · 4th July 2014
Walter McFarlane
On Sunday, June 29th, the Mountain View Alliance Church in Kitimat recognized the RCMP in an appreciation service for the work which they do to keep the community safe.

During his sermon, Pastor Don Read talked about Standing in the Gap, a breach in the walls to prevent a city from being destroyed. The full verse is from Ezekiel, 22:30. Read said to the RCMP who were present:

“You serve our community by the work you do. You are the line of defense between the forces of evil and lawlessness in this land. You stand as it were as Ezekiel is speaking. You Stand in the gap – often making the different between safety and chaos, peace and anarchy – life and death”

He explained police work is not an easy task, they face cynicism and abuse. However, he explained they are also the reason residents can feel safe at night.

“When someone chooses to become a police officer, they have chosen a career that is dangerous, requires courage and the ability to quickly evaluate a situation and have physical strength to deal with it,” said Mayor Joanne Monaghan who was asked to speak during the service.

She stated that someone who is willing to take risk to save and serve someone else is with a service heart. The RCMP are extraordinary people who demonstrate valour, leadership and community service. She thanked the families of the RCMP officers for the support and understanding they give.

After the service, the RCMP and the congregation were treated to a BBQ.