Munster police Lt. Edward Strbjak, foreground, was among representatives of area first-responders who attended a 13th annual Mass of Thanksgiving Honoring Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters and Emergency Medical Services at Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer Sept. 27. The program takes place during alternating years at Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Hammond.
The Rev. Theodore Mens, St. Mary Church pastor and Griffith Police Department chaplain, praised the officers during the Mass homily, pointing to how they tend to the problems of those they serve while sometimes dealing with personal issues, that must be put aside. “In my experiences with the police,” Mens said, “they always respect the dignity of the person; they are polite and simply point out the wrong someone has done. Emergency services providers are servants, protectors of the people – they have love for people as they try to keep them safe. We thank them and pray our society will continue to be served by our wonderful police and fire personnel.”
The program is sponsored by the hospitals’ Mission and Spiritual Care Department