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Faith & Blue: Law enforcement partners with Morgan County Ministers Union for event

October 16, 2020 - 00:00
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    Volunteers pack food into cars.
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    Madison Mayor Fred Perriman helps distribute food.
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    Officers handle packages of blue light bulbs to hand out as part of the event.
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    Officers enjoy a morning of serving the community during the Faith and Blue event.

On Saturday, Oct. 10, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department and Madison Police Department partnered with the Morgan County Minsters Union to host an event in honor of National Faith & Blue Weekend. National Faith & Blue Weekend is held each year and brings together community members and law enforcement officers.

“We were humbled this past weekend by Faith and Blue events,” Sheriff Robert Markley said.

During Saturday’s event at the former Morgan County Middle School campus, Morgan County Sheriff officers and Madison police officers passed out blue light blubs as well as Faith and Blue T-shirts. Markley said the blue light bulbs displayed on porches are used to illustrate support for law enforcement.

Sheriff office deputies also barbequed chicken for volunteers with the food distribution ministry. Those volunteers served alongside the officers to pass out food to those in the community in need.

Markley said on Sunday, Oct. 11, deputies attended church service at Gibbs Memorial Baptist Church where the message focused on “Faith and Blue.” Sunday afternoon, First St. Paul Church provided food for on duty personnel. On Monday, Oct. 10, Gibbs Memorial Baptist Church provided lunch for the sheriff’s office.

“I feel extremely blessed to live in Morgan County,” Markley said. “This week demonstrates the necessity of peace officers partnering with faith based and civic organizations to deliver community policing that prioritizes faith, family and service.”