Prayer vigil held to honor 1 October first responders

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A prayer vigil was held Thursday night to honor the agencies that responded to the Route 91 festival on October 1.

“Our vision is to be the safest community in America. On that night and even today that was our vision but as you know we became the location of one of the most deadliest shootings in American history,” said Assistant Sheriff Charles Hanks. 

Las Vegas is a city still trying to heal. 

To Assistant Sheriff Charles Hanks, ‘Vegas Strong’ is more than just a phrase. 

“To have the community embrace us and support us and share the appreciation, it just goes a long way,” Hanks said. “We too are members of the community. We too mourned on that night and the days that followed.”

Hanks was one of the police officers honored for heroism on October 1. 

“We continue to show that in Vegas, we are Vegas Strong. We are together, and we work together through these kinds of challenges.  I think our reaction to October 1st was very important,” said Michael Thrower from Adopt a Cop Nevada. 

A moment of silence was held for everyone, who died that day and the police officers who risk their lives every day.

A flag of honor with 58 names and pictures will be placed at the Healing Garden.

Victoria Campe is a Chaplain at Faith Ministry and helped organize the event. She shares an inseparable bond with Metro Police.

“They had us come in and be that calming spirit for them,” said Campe. “If they wanted to talk, that was fine. If they didn’t want to talk, that was fine.”

Brothers and comrades stood together vowing as they do every day to protect our city and help us all heal.

“We, as the guardians and the ones who respond to the gunfire, don’t take that lightly and it’s our hope and our commitment to do all we can to make sure that doesn’t happen again,” said Hanks. 

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