Takoma Park, MD (June 22, 2017) Washington Adventist University’s WGTS 91.9 radio listeners recently signed a large card created by the station to express support for the U.S. Capitol Police, following last week’s shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, where five people were injured. The card, “The WGTS 91.9 Family is Praying for You,” was signed by hundreds of listeners who shared messages of thanks and appreciation to the police department. The card will be delivered to the U.S. Capitol Police tomorrow.
The shooting took place on a baseball field during a morning practice by Republican lawmakers, who were preparing for the annual charity Congressional baseball game. A lone gunman attacked the lawmakers, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. U.S. Capitol Police Officers Crystal Griner and David Bailey were both hurt while defending the congressman.
One listener who lives in the neighborhood near the shooting said she was looking for an opportunity to show her support for the police officers, and the card gave her a way to do that.
WGTS works to bring the community together through its “Hands and Heart Initiative,” which seeks to connect people with each other to impact their local cities. The card was part of that ongoing outreach effort.
“Whenever something tragic happens, it’s easy for us to feel helpless,” said WGTS General Manager Kevin Krueger. “WGTS is blessed to be in a unique position to provide a platform where our community can show how grateful they are to our police officers. I think that’s why listeners have responded so powerfully to the invitation to show their support for the U.S. Capitol Police.”
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Washington Adventist University is Montgomery County’s only four-year private college. Part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education, Washington Adventist University has been educating college students since 1904 on a 19-acre campus in suburban Takoma Park, close to the nation’s capital. Approximately 1,100 students of all faiths participate in the university’s nine graduate and 42 undergraduate programs. The 2016 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington Adventist University among the best regional colleges in the north.
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