Amherst Co. sheriff's office holds prayer vigil for law enforcement

Amherst county residents gather for prayer vigil. (Photo: WSET)

AMHERST, Va. (WSET) - Dozens turned out for a prayer vigil held in front of the Amherst County Sheriff's office this afternoon. Sheriff E.W. Viar says he put the event on so the community could come together following the recent shootings around the country.

With a shrouded badge over the left side of his chest.. Sheriff E.W. Viar thanked the community for answering his call to prayer. "We work together in unison and I'm proud of everybody and thank ya'll all for coming" said Viar.

In the blistering heat, attendees held hands, bowed their heads and prayed for the men and women in uniform.

Sheriff Viar is a little more than 6 months into his term but during that time the country has been rocked by mass shootings, several involving officers. "I don't want that here. I live in a community that I am very very proud to be here" said Viar.

Sheriff Viar says he's a staunch believer in the power of prayer. So he decided to enlist the help of local ministers, pastors and chaplains and do just that.

"I said I am going to invite everyone on my Facebook page" said Viar.

Pastor John Sines Jr. says he had no second thoughts about being here. "I just had to look at my schedule and what was on my agenda..and what I had to do" said Sines Jr.

Sines led one of the prayers...his message? "In order to obey god we need to obey the laws of man. And we need to work in harmony together" said Sines Jr.

Sheriff Viar says as his term progresses he hopes to put on more events like this that will bring the community together. He also said he would like to thank all of the people who have come by recently and dropped off gifts.

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