Prayer vigil held for Cpl. Campbell

July 13, 2011

Cpl. Darrell Campbell

According to media partners at bigcountryhomepage.com on Tuesday evening, Pastor Steven Peña with the First Assembly of God, called together a prayer vigil in support of Cpl. Darrell Campbell who is fighting for his life after a shooting incident in Snyder.
Lee Burchfield works in town and says she's spoken with Campbell when he comes into her store and says she considers him a good friend.
"Darrell and them-this force here is wonderful you have a wonderful time with them and they're real good they protect us real well...Darrell we want you to get better and our prayers are with you," said Burchfield.
Another member of this tight-knit community is Donald Wasson who has known Campbell for over 20 years, in fact their two families are very closely connected.
"I used to date his oldest sister and Darrell's a real good dude and Darrell's got a good strong wheel and I've seen things in life happen that you couldn't think people would survive and they you know it's just his determination and will-he can survive," said Wasson.
Amy Sartain is a close family friend and is one of the people who contacted Pastor Peña to help organize this support group.
"We decided to have this prayer vigil out here today in honor of Darrell in hopes that he'll come home and make a good recovery," said Sartain.
Sartain is taking donations for the family but mostly she is asking for people's prayers.
"We need to get him back here for his kids we have his kiddos here and they're missing their daddy," said Sartain.
A trust fund set up at American State Bank in support of the Campbell family. Amy Sartain is accepting donations, she can be reached at amygo7575@yahoo.com or (325) 436-2062.
Snyder police said the 41-year-old Campbell and another officer responded to a call of shots fired about 12:35 a.m. Tuesday, when one of the men they were talking pulled out a handgun and fired at Campbell. He was struck in the head, police said.
The other officer, Lee Ortiz, then fatally shot the suspect, identified by police as Dewayne Birmingham.
Campbell was airlifted to University Medical Center in Lubbock, where a spokesman said he was in critical condition late Tuesday night after surgery.
The Snyder Daily News online edition Tuesday reported that Campbell was scheduled to be off work at 11 p.m. Monday but stayed on duty to help answer calls. He previously had been an officer in Sweetwater, the paper reported.
An autopsy was to be done on the suspect in Lubbock.
Campbell is said to be responding to commands. The following message was posted on the Facebook page of Cpl. Darrell Campbell's sister:
"We are very hopeful, nurses say Darrell is responding to some commands on his right side, pray pray pray, we are just so grateful for any bit of hope we can grab onto."

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