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The Martinsburg (W.Va.) church honored local law enforcement and fire safety workers during a recent worship service. Guest speaker Dan Pabon, a chaplain for the Montgomery County (Md.) police department, used the biblical account of Lazarus found in John 11 to demonstrate the importance for those whose occupations put their lives at risk to trust God daily to be their protector and keeper.
Numerous civil servants who work at the state and local levels in Berkeley and Jefferson counties in W.Va., and in the Hagerstown and Frederick communities (Md.), attended, including local and state police officers, a fire department official and a retired judge.
“This is our first attempt to honor those who do this line of work,” said local elder William Vargas. “ Our goal is to make the service of appreciation and recognition an annual event.

—Mark Walker
Pictured with Tom Boggess, Martinsburg pastor (third from left), William Ivany, Chaplain Dan Pabon, retired judge Mariano Ramirez, Keith Sigulinsky, Richard Molina and Pedro Morales were among those honored for protecting citizens. (Photo by: William Vargas)

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