Wayne County resident Jamie Terhaar has announced a Friday night prayer vigil to support wounded Richmond Police Department Officer Seara Burton.
The vigil is to take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, outside Richmond Municipal Building, 50 N. Fifth St., Richmond. City officials announced Thursday afternoon that the vigil will be in the employee parking lot next to the south doors of the city building, not by the basement doors where the police department entrance is located. They want to leave the doors to the police station open so their work can continue during the vigil.
Some public parking spaces are available around the city building, as well as across the street near Wayne County Courthouse and the county annex building.
“Please come together and lift this young woman up and her family,” Terhaar wrote. “Many of us have ties with them, and some in the community and want to show our love and support. … Pray for our officers, and our community and for healing. The violence has to stop.”
Terhaar urges residents to wear blue, bring signs and surround the sidewalks.
The Terhaar family previously has been featured in local media and on Dayton television for its support of law enforcement.
A few years ago, when Jamie’s son Johnathon was a Hagerstown Elementary School student, he began performing random acts of kindness for local workers, including first responders. A Richmond Police Department officer nominated Johnathon for WHIO-TV’s “Pay It Forward” segment. He is now a Hagerstown High School student.