“If my people, which are called by name, humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will heal their land.” These words from Chronicles 7:14 guide 40-year-old school resource officer DeAndra Warren every morning as he prays in front of the school’s flagpole, according to Good Morning America.
Earlier this week, his 21-year-old daughter, De’Andria, took a snapshot of Warren bowing his head in front of the flagpole in his uniform.
“Often you don’t see an officer on school grounds at the flagpole praying for our children!” her caption read. “I know this amazing Man of God who prays for our school systems, your children, and our community every day faithfully! This outstanding man is my dad and I’m so proud to be his daughter! There’s not too many people out here in this world like him! Officer Warren we are so thankful for you!”
Since 2015, Warren has walked the halls of Wynne’s primary and junior high school to protect and pray over nearly 600 kids in each building.
“I’d be on my patrol and just pray as I walk up and down the halls,” he said. “One moment I just felt the urge to stop at the [flagpole] and start praying at the pole because of what it represents and with so many things that are going on in our nation.”
Superintendent of Wynne Public Schools, Carl Easley, has known Warren since he was a student. “His character is always upbeat. Always pleasant,” Easley said. “In the last couple of weeks, he has always shared some type of uplifting words with me. It’s just part of his personality.”
Warren can often be found interacting with the students as well, such as reading books to them or climbing around on the jungle gym.
“To see kid’s faces light up when I give them a high five and I’m just trying to show them a positive light…the positive side of law enforcement,” he said.
De’Andria has seen the impact in her own life, too.
“I felt like I just had to make a post [of Warren], considering the impact that my dad has on all the kids, including the teenagers. Kids come up to me and say, ‘Oh, you’re Officer Warren’s daughter? We love him!’ and it brings me so much joy,” she said. “It’s like, ‘Wow, my dad is doing something to make an impact on all these people.’”
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Mikaela Mathews is a freelance writer and editor based in Dallas, TX. She was the editor of a local magazine and a contributing writer for the Galveston Daily News and Spirit Magazine.