AACOG extends condolences to Sutherland Springs Community, stands ready to help neighbors in need

The Alamo Area Council of Governments represents approximately 2.5 million people in 13 counties across South Central Texas through its dozens of public sector members.  The town of Sutherland Springs in Wilson Country is in the heart of our region. It is our very heart that deeply aches following the senseless, unthinkable massacre at First Baptist Church. We have been in communication with Wilson County Judge Richard L. Jackson, who sits on our Board of Directors, and other local officials, to make sure they know we are here to help in any way they need us.

We understand there’s only so much any of us can do to stop an obviously deranged, sick individual determined to wreak havoc in the Alamo Area. Others have voiced it as well because it’s so important to emphasize during this time of terrible loss: We will not bow down to evil, we will not succumb to terror, we will remain steadfast in our support for our communities and one another.

Sutherland Springs must now confront and overcome grief, a challenge the rest of us face – after all, we are neighbors. As good neighbors, we will always be there for one another, through trials and tribulations.

No one and nothing can –  nor will – ever take that away from us.