Billy Graham Rapid Response Team deploys to West Texas after law enforcement officer killed

BG-RRT Press Kit

CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 21, 2021 – The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) has deployed a team of chaplains to provide emotional and spiritual care to the law enforcement community in Levelland, Texas, after a SWAT commander was killed and four others were wounded in a standoff last week.

Officers initially responded to reports of an armed man in a residential area. The suspect barricaded himself inside a house and shots were fired, leading to an hours-long standoff.

“The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team is saddened to hear about another law enforcement officer who was killed in the line of duty, and we are praying for healing for the other officers who were injured,” said Josh Holland, assistant director of the BG-RRT. “At the request of the police chief, we have crisis-trained chaplains with law enforcement backgrounds who are deploying to the area to provide hope and comfort to the officers as they grieve.”

BG-RRT chaplains have deployed 27 times since the beginning of 2021 and continue to serve the flooded communities of Detroit, Michigan, and Lake Charles, Louisiana.

For more information on the ministry, including videos, photos, news articles and an interactive map of former and current deployments, visit the BG-RRT press kit or BillyGraham.org/RRT. Updates can also be found at Facebook.com/RRTChaplains.

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 550 disaster sites across the globe, including shootings, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and tornadoes.

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