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Page 8A orter April 18, 2018 , q ATL chief speaks in Smarr By Will Davis workers. Cochran recalled how a homosexual Atlanta city Fired Atlanta fire chief council member led the Kelvin Cochran told New move to fire him after dis- Providence Baptist Church covering a book Cochran on Sunday that he has seen had written in 2007, three God at work despite 'losing years before becoming his job for his faith, fire chief. Cochran joked Cochran shared how God that he's always careful to had helped him through tell people the title of his the ordeal during a Sunday book came from the Bible morning sermon as the before he tells them what it church honored police is: "Who told you that you officers, firefighters, EMTs were naked?" and all other public safety "If I don't note that the title is from the Bible;' said Cochran to laughter, "they say no wonder he was fired:' The book was aimed at helping men deal with sexual issues and includes the biblical teaching that God intended for sex to be between a man and woman united in marriage. A council member took exception and Cochran was eventually fired. But the former chief won a civil rights lawsuit in December when a federal judge ruled that the city's rules restrict- ing employees' non-work speech were too stringent. Cochran told the church on Sunday that he's learned that God prepares Chris- tians for the trials they will face, and that there are consequences for being a follower of Jesus. On the plus side, Cochran said that God gives greater spiritual blessings to those who suf- fer for their faith, blessings that outweigh the losses. Cochran said the impor- tant thing from trials such as his is that God receives glory when His people are faithful. Despite losing his job, Cochran said he still believes that public safety is the highest priority of government, and said be- ing a public safety worker is a divine assignment of great importance. Because it's so important, Cochran said it's also important that From left, county commission chair-,; man Greg Tapley, New Providence pastor Brian Moore, former Atlanta fire chief i l Kelvin Cochran, Forsyth fire chief David Herndon, Forsyth mayor Eric Wilson and Macon-Bibb fire chief Marvin Riggins at New Providence's cel- ebration of Public Safety officials on Sunday, which included a free meal for public safety persgn- nel and their families. public safety workers enjoy camaraderie and support one another so that when they have to respond to i those tough calls, they will do excellent work out of love. Cochran said he recog- nized that when he was with the fire department in his native Shreveport, La. They were always sharing meals and spending time :i together, said Cochran, and those relationships helped : them serve their commu- nity well. i "There's a correlation between how we treat each other in the fire station, and "-' how we treat the public" , said Cochran. "- That's another rea- son, said Cochran, that ,1 Christians make the best firefighters, the best police " officers, the best EMTs and / the best dispatchers. He said angels always sur- round public safety work- ers because they are doing the Lord's work. After the service, the church fed public safety officials and their families plates of BBQ, ribs and sausage. Build To Suit Large Yards Great Schools Country Living Creekside offers private Lots 5 miles from Downtown! P,O,R. /"~:~;~L ~":'~,mxo,az A g> Lot a6-A- I 1.Tee A , Lo, ,~-,-, <.v. t.315 ,le. % Lo~ 2)'-.4 2 t,l~O ,I . 55 lots for sale, 1 to 5.5 acres Larger Lots on Tobesotkee Creek Protective Covenants Paved roads Underground Utilities Protective Covenants Ingram Properties will build your plans or offer many craftsman plans Located 5 miles South of Forsyth 14 miles from Zebulon Road 10 miles from Bolingbroke, GA 478-475-6916 6 East Johnston St. Forsyth, GA 31029