'Unity in the Community' event unites police and residents of West Oak Lane

- Philadelphia’s bravest took time in between calls to give children one on one time and show them what firefighters do to put out fires and save lives.  It was part of a 'Unity in the Community' event in West Oak Lane. 

Maria Smith brought her two children

“It feels great to just feel united with the whole community.  I think we need it badly especially with what’s going on in the country and the world right now," said Smith.

Families got to enjoy a barbeque, get backpacks and school supplies.  RDB’s barbershop at 69th and Ogontz gave free haircuts.

“It makes me feel grateful that I can give back. God has blessed me in my life just cutting hair so to give a haircut to make people feel better is nothing compared to what God has done for me,” said Ron Murray.
Tara James’ sons Travis and Devin got their turn in the barber chair.

“It saves parents money who can’t afford to get their haircuts and to get the community together,” said James.
Peace on the Water Ministries put on the event and held a tent revival service.  They invited Philadelphia Police to help promote the message of unity.

“It shows the children that they don’t have to be afraid of the police department or the police officers.  We want them to come out and show love and let them know that they love them,” said Bishop Steven Johnson.
Captain Malachi Jones was there representing the police department.

“We share so much in common. Obviously the citizens aren’t police but they’re our eyes and ears. They’re a part of us and we’re a part of them. Ideally we’d like it to be one big happy community,” he said.


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