Officers meet to pray for community

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

For more than one year, police officers and firefighters in the hazard area have been holding weekly prayer meetings.

Thursday morning, officers gathered for their first meeting without former Hazard Police Chief Rod Maggard who died Wednesday after a battle with cancer.

"I worked with Rod over 20 years. He has been my second father, he really has," said Hazard Police Chief Minor Allen.

Maggard used to set in weekly meetings with other officers praying for revival in the community.

"Every week he would talk about how he wanted these mountains to be affected by people getting together and praying and trying to make a difference in the community," said Major James East with the Hazard Police Department.

Maggard said in an interview with WYMT a few weeks ago that these meetings were the highlight of his week.

But this week, the officers bowed their heads for his family, thankful to have known such an inspirational man.

"I wouldn't be the person of the police officer I am today without him. I try to emulate him in everything I observed him do," said Allen.

Maggard leaves a legacy not only as a police officer, but also as a man of integrity.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that people make a donation to the ARH Cancer Center in Hazard.

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