Prayer vigil in Okeechobee in response to Dallas shooting

Posted at 11:51 PM, Jul 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-09 09:38:43-04

A prayer vigil was held in Okeechobee Friday evening to honor the victims of the shootings in Dallas. The community also came together to show support for the men and women who protect and serve.

On the front steps of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office a community comes together with no hesitation.

"Showing your support. That means a lot to us."

More than a hundred people came out to be there for law enforcement and remember the victims of a senseless act.

"My heart just absolutely breaks for the families."

Sheriff Paul May says he is thankful for the strong relationship between law enforcement and the community. He says Thursday night in Dallas opens up a wide range of concerns.

"The dangers we face have not historically been snipers and people killing you because you're a police officer. This is a trend that I can foresee in the near future having a hard time getting people to come into the police profession," says May.

The Sheriff says despite other agencies doubling up patrols, he feels with the relationship his department has with the community, it's not necessary.

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