delivers the keynote address at the observance.
Jones is a longtime volunteer chaplain with the Huntsville Police Department.
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ARDMORE - As a chaplain for Huntsville police, Lonnie Jones
speaks words of humor and sorrow, but there are times he
, who was the guest speaker for the annual Ardmore Police Memorial on Wednesday, said he
says things he
shouldn't, says things he
doesn't want to say and struggles to find the right words.
, who also preaches at Maysville Church of Christ
, said that as a minister, he
makes jokes to lighten the mood, and some jokes probably aren't minister-approved humor.
recalled an instance before officers were going on a raid, and the supervisor asked Jones
to give the officers advice should they get shot.
told them if they saw beautiful angel wings, to go toward the light.
If they saw ugly wings, to hold on until the doctor arrived.
"I told them if they saw Victoria's Secret angel wings, shoot me, too," Jones
During his 18 years as chaplain, Jones also has delivered news of death and said words he has never wanted to say.
"I've knocked on that door of a loved one.
I've gone to a school to tell a 6-year-old boy his
mama is not going to pick him up today," Jones
Yet, it was a story about a situation that left him speechless that Jones
struggled to retell.
"An (officer) told me, 'I have no use for religion, because I don't feel God has much use for me, after all I've done,' " Jones
could not think of comforting words, he
then remembered scripture teaching how God is partial to shepherds, he
"Shepherds protect and defend the helpless sheep," Jones
noted the Bible verse John 15:13, "Greater love has no man than this, than to lay down his
life for his
said officers approach cars, kick in doors and put on bulletproof vests for those they love, those they don't like and people they don't know.
"How much more of a special place do (officers) have in the heart of God?
"Our creator, God, understands what it means to put someone he
loves in harm's way."
said Jesus died to protect his
"And I sleep better at night knowing you are out there," he
told officers in the audience.