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'Heart of a Cop' - Police/Fire Chaplain's Book Reveals Life on the Streets, Stories of Faith from the Line of Duty
Danny Lynchard, Director of the Tulsa, OK Police/Fire Chaplaincy, has released The Heart of a Cop: Stories of Personal Faith from the Line of Duty. The collection of 60 stories was gleaned directly from the personal experiences of police officers, firefighters and paramedics.
The book contains compelling accounts of the challenges faced by first responders when sirens scream and lives are changed forever, as well as the 360-degrees perspective faced in being right, being tough, and being human.
Chaplain Lynchard (pictured, left), a 40-year veteran of the ministry and public service, has personally observed and assisted both civilians and emergency personnel. He heads a 17-member cadre of chaplains working with more than 1,500 police officers and fire fighters serving a major city with a metropolitan population of nearly one million persons. He’s seen conflict and heartbreak from both sides of crime and tragedy. His role routinely places him in the living rooms of both victims and officers of virtually every faith. The ordained Baptist minister, pastor of Fisher Baptist Church, Sand Springs, OK, is a licensed pilot and freelance writer for several law enforcement and Christian publications.
The investigation into the high-profile shooting of Terence Crutcher, a black man, by a Tulsa policeman on Sept. 16, 2016, hits home with Lynchard. “The times in which we now live seed an unsavory fear in the hearts of both citizen and police,” he says. “That fear is fed by lack of communication and understanding. In such an environment, everyone loses. We can let our imaginations run amiss or we can seek to understand. The latter is the premise of my book.”
“God supplies the paint for a silver lining in every cloud,” Lynchard says. “It is often applied, however, by the unlikeliest of hands. Someone must be willing to step inside our uncertainties and with sincerity, commitment and professionalism, paint the beauty. Some of them wear a uniform.”
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