I was able to visit Peadar Heffron’s wife and family today. They are maintaining a loving and caring watch over Peadar in hospital as he is treated for serious injuries received last week as a result of a bomb attack on his car. He is critically ill and he needs our prayers.
Peadar is one of a new generation of police officers serving in the Police Service of Northern Ireland. A Catholic, a fluent Irish speaker, and the captain of the PSNI Gaelic football team, Peadar joined the PSNI determined to make a difference in this community. His courage and commitment are in stark contrast to the cowards who planted the bomb under his car with the intention of killing him.
His wife of a few months, Fiona, is an intelligent, resourceful and articulate woman who is showing great courage and emotional strength at a most stressful time. And Peadar has a wonderful family who welcomed me so warmly when I called to see them. They are rural County Antrim people who are displaying a remarkably positive spirit in face of an evil and despicable attack on their son and brother. Whatever challenges lie ahead for Peadar, he will be much-loved and well-supported. Peadar and his family have received messages of support from so many people, and from many fellow police officers across the world.
Please join me in praying for Peadar’s recovery, for his wife, Fiona, and for his parents, Frank and Eithne. May Peadar know God’s healing touch, and may his family be upheld by the grace and power of the Lord.