MIAMI, Fla. Family, friends, and thousands of fellow police officers from across the state gathered Monday at a funeral service for two Miami-Dade County police officers who lost their lives last week in the line of duty. The crowd packed the American Airlines Arena in downtown Miami to honor 41-year-old Roger Castillo and 44-year-old Amanda Haworth, who were killed Thursday ,January 20th, 2011 while serving a warrant on a suspected killer.
The suspect, 22-year-old Johnny Simms, was killed by another officer.
The service fell on the same day that two St. Petersburg police officers were shot and killed while trying to arrest a man on a warrant for aggravated battery, Monday, January 24th, 2011
The news that more of Florida's finest had been killed added to the grief for those already mourning Castillo and Haworth.
Pray for our police officers who risk their lives everyday to protect our way of life and our lives. Pray for the families and loved ones of slain officers. Give if you can to benevolent funds for the children and spouses.
Father God we pray for the ones in place to protect and serve our communities, police, firemen, EMT's and all others who risk their lives everyday. We pray for the blood of Jesus to cover them, that angels form a hedge of protection around them. We pray for the salvation of those who don't know You. We pray for the potential criminals who You love as You love all of us, that they hear the Good News according to Your gospel, and cease and desist from evil doing. In Jesus name we pray, Amen!!