By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer
ALEXANDRIA – In May 2015, Sgt. Scott Bullitt was shot while conducting a DUI stop just outside of Monroe on the Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area in Ouachita Parish.
After months of rehab therapy, Bullitt – the son of Louisiana Baptist Convention employee Cindy Bullitt – still faces difficulties as he works toward recovery.
During the final session of the 2016 LBC Annual Meeting, messengers honored Bullitt and other law enforcement officers during a presentation by Bill Robertson, pastoral leadership director for Louisiana Baptists.
“We pray that God would touch him, restore him to his health, that he could do the things he longs to do and wants to do,” Robertson prayed, as pastors, friends and fellow officers of the law surrounded Bullitt. “And as we pray for him, we remember all of our brothers and sisters that are in law enforcement gathered here today.”
Messengers also were led in prayer for members of the Louisiana State Police, Alexandria Police, Pineville Police, Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office, Franklin Parish Sheriff’s Office, Terrebone Parish Sheriff’s office and Winn Parish Sheriff’s office, who were gathered on stage.
“The badge has become a target for those who want to inflict harm on the men and women who wear it,” Robertson said. “I am asking all our churches to make the badge a target for prayer to shield and protect them as they protect us.”
Keith Manuel, a chaplain for the Louisiana State Police and evangelism associate for Louisiana Baptists, offered praise for all law enforcement officers whom he called heroes standing in the gap to protect everyone.
“May we cover them with our prayers,” Manuel said.
“May we be found faithful in encouraging them and honoring them and respecting them,” he said. “May we grow children and grandchildren who will do the same and will see them as heroes and want to follow the same path that they have taken, to stand in protection of others.”