Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains provide a ministry of support in Locust, North Carolina

RRT Press Kit

CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 22, 2020 – At the request of the Locust Police Department, a couple of Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (RRT) chaplains have responded to provide emotional and spiritual care to local law enforcement officials after Locust Police Chief Steven Smith passed away from a heart attack Tuesday night.

“In the tragic loss of Chief Steven R. Smith, we are praying for his family and the Locust Police Department as they mourn the sudden death of a well-respected leader in their community,” said Jack Munday, international director of the RRT.

A law enforcement veteran of more than 20 years, Smith became the police chief in December 2019.

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About the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team:
The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team was developed by Franklin Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It has since grown into an international network of chaplains in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia who are specifically trained to deal with crisis situations. They have deployed to more than 450 disaster sites across the globe, including shootings, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and tornadoes.

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