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Dan Ramsey (right) presents 468 Strength for Service books to Police Chaplain Duran Boyce..

Books delivered following killing of three law officers

BATON ROUGE -- A Missouri man ambushed and killed three law officers and wounded three others in Baton Rouge on July 17.

Gavin Long, a former Marine of Kansas City went on a shooting rampage on his 29th birthday that left two police officers and a sheriff's deputy dead.

Three days later, Mark Lubbock was speaking with a Baton Rouge surgeon about the need to have his gallbladder removed.

To the surprise of his surgeon, the staff member of the General Commission on UM Men, asked the physician about his spiritual health.

“Whoa! He turned to me silently, not speaking for a moment,” says Lubbock. “Then he really opened up.” It turns out, he was one of the surgeons who operated on police officers wounded in the attack.

Lubbock told the surgeon about Strength for Service for God and Community, and how the devotions bring hope and comfort to first responders.

Lubbock was not surprised when the doctor asked if he could have a copy. He gave the surgeon his personal copy.

A few days later, Dan Ramsey, a leader of UM Men and a former officer of the Houston Police Department, delivered 468 books to Chaplain Duren Boyce of the Baton Rouge Police Department just hours before the funeral of Officer Montrell Jackson.


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