Councilman Randy Whitaker is something of the unofficial chaplain of the Guntersville City Council. He is the president pro tem of the Council and he opens each meeting by leading the prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.

Last Monday night, he asked the audience at the Council to observe a moment of silence for the victims of the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

Following the moment of silence, Whitaker prayed not only for the families of the fallen, but also for the first responders who had to respond to the horror. He also asked for a special blessing on the nation.

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