Suicide and deadly accidents . . . no one thinks these tragic events will ever happen to them or ever happen in a small town. Everyday, the unthinkable happens to someone in our community. Who is willing to go to the home of a stranger and share the fact that one of their loved ones has died in an accident or has committed suicide? Police Chaplains respond to these calls for service.
How the surviving loved ones receive that information and the immediate services provided to the victim/survivor families is extremely important. The sheer force of the message that is delivered and the immediate support provided at the crime scene or at the residence of the family will change their lives forever and will either aid or hinder the healing process. Most families have no idea what they are to do next; nor do they have an understanding of the police investigative procedure; or how to have the body of their loved one released to a funeral home. Furthermore, most families have no idea of the services available to them.
Pastor Charles Pelkey of the Avon Community Church, is part of the Central MN Emergency Services Chaplancy. Through the CMESC he has received specialized training for working with people in crisis, calls of service and to assist officers. He was brought on by the Avon Police Department in June of 2013. Chaplain Pelkey rides with officers on shift, responds to calls and is on call for emergencies when he is needed.
Chaplain Pelkey is available on a 24 hour basis for private counsel and other ministerial duties for police department personnel and their families. Matters discussed with Chaplains are privileged.
Chaplain Pelkey is a non denominational Pastor. Feel free to call or e-mail him with any questions, concerns or problems.