Prayer vigil held for injured Tarrant firefighter as recovery continues

Prayer vigil for Tarrant firefighter

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Fellow firefighters, family, friends and even strangers held hands and prayed Saturday for an injured Tarrant firefighter.

Lt. Jerry Presley is recovering from surgery at UAB after being injured battling a house fire. The group got together and prayed for the Tarrant firefighter’s healing.

“Oh, we lift our hands up to you today, we open our hearts to you today. Father God, lifting up to name our brother Lt. Jerry Presley,” said Fire Chief Jason Rickels during the vigil. “We know that there is healing in Your name.”

People, hand in hand, some wearing t-shirts to show their support Lt. Presley. Chief Rickels tells us Lt. Presley fell about 12 feet from a ladder last Sunday.

“God, what a trying, difficult journey this is and will be,” Chief Rickels said.

Tarrant Fire Chief Jason Rickels
Tarrant Fire Chief Jason Rickels

Andrew Johnson would know. Two years ago people were standing in the same spot, praying for his recovery after being injured in a house fire.

“Because of prayer warriors like you, because of people who love to pray and want to reach out, I’m able to stand here today,” Johnson said.

Chief Rickels gave everyone an update on Lt. Presley’s condition, saying he was able to have a successful cervical spine surgery and he’s crossed one major hurtle toward healing.

“You never see Jerry at a big event where he’s not going to let you know he loves you. That’s who he is. He’s love, he shows God’s love every day in his life to everybody. Now it’s our turn to show him our love and return the favor for him,” he said.

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