MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Members at Temple of Deliverance recognized Memphis firefighters, Memphis police officers and Shelby County deputies at a time when these individuals need support the most.
Members of the church pointed towards the first responders in prayer, thanking them for putting their lives on the line every day.
"This is not Mike Rallings, this is about God moving in my life," Interim Memphis police director Michael Rallings said.
Church members said it was God moving through Rallings that urged them to recognize him in front of the church as well as several other members of law enforcement after the protest on the bridge.
"God was like, 'boy get on that bridge' and I was just obedient," Rallings said.
The prayer service happened just hours after officers were shot and killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Rallings and MPD sent condolences from the Bluff City.
"I don't know what's going on in this world, but I know God's people have to stand up and not be scared," Rallings said.
Rallings said he wants more people of the church to join his ranks. Pastor Milton Hawkins stood behind that.
"I believe the majority are good men and women who serve our city," Hawkins said. "There are bad apples in every bunch."
Rallings said that's why it's so important to stand in solidarity.
"We would die for you because we love you," Rallings said.