Wilton police are object of prayers and thanks


To show support at a time when police officers across the nation are under increased criticism and scrutiny, as well as suffering high-profile losses, a group of women visited Wilton police headquarters on Friday, Sept. 4, to show their support with sandwiches, a cake and prayer.

Six members of the prayer group Morning Meditations with Sisters in Community — Adrienne Reedy, Marianne Gustafson, Lynnette Bascom, Anne Swartout, and Michele Sanzaro — dropped by around lunchtime with a feast of sandwiches and cake for the officers on duty, who were working overtime because of the holiday weekend.
“We’re here to support you,” Reedy told eight officers who gathered in the station break room. “With everything that has been going on … we wanted to show you as a community we appreciate what you do. We are going to pray for you.”

After the gathering the women left to meet more members of their group at Trackside Teen Center. They then prayed as they walked down Route 7 back to the station at 240 Danbury Road.
“As a prayer group we pray for you each week,” Reedy said.
Bacom then stepped forward to say, “We just wanted to bless you all.” She told the officers she was leaving a book called God’s Shield of Protection, based on Psalm 91.
She read the psalm to the assembled officers, which reads in part,
You will not be afraid of the terror by night,
Or of the arrow that flies by day;
Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon.
A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
but it shall not approach you.
You will only look on with your eyes,
And see the recompense of the wicked.
for you have made the Lord, my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place.
No evil will befall you
Nor will any plague come near your tent.
Reedy then led the group in a short prayer and offered a few words of her own experience.
A Wilton resident for 18 years, she said, “In my experience there has not been one instance where I, as an African-American woman, have ever felt anything but respect from each of you.” She added the same was true for her three sons.
“I thank you very much.”
The officers thanked the women for their gifts, and also for their prayers and good wishes.
“It means a lot to us,” one of them said.