Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana on October 12, 1977 · Page 32
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Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana · Page 32

Logansport, Indiana
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Wednesday, October 12, 1977
Page 32
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Xt—The Pharos-Tribune, Logansport, Ind. , October U, 1V77 Police, Fire Chaplain 'On The Crisis Line' NEW ORUKANS The Rev. Peter Rogers is pastor at a church where the Shrine o( St. Jude. (he saint of the impossible cause, is located. That's fitting for Rogers, a man with movie st;ir features and a down-to-earth job. Rogers is police and fire chaplain. :i task which regularly puts him in danger in a city known for brutal crimes and bizarre accidents. Wearing his black fire hat with a yellow cross on the from, the light from the flames fiickering in his face, the big priest looks like a movie or television series star playing the part of the gulsy "and devoted priest in the line of fire. But the fires and shootings arc real, 'and Rogers has no stunt men to play the tough scenes (or him. "When I was sen! here 1 had that desire to work on the crisis line." said Rogers, a member of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate order of Roman Catholic missionaries. Photos and articles on Rogers and citations for his work hang on the walls of his woodpaneled office. A brick sits on a shelf in the comer, a souvenir from a crumbling wall which nearly killed him at the scene of a fire. Police and fire radios squawk their commands and responses in the office. Those radios or another by his bed stay on iM hours. Soon after he- arrived in the city in IOCS, the first call of "headquarters to car 30" came over the radio. He was "car 30." The first call involved no danger, but since then Rogers has been called many times when there was trouble. He is there to administer last riles, comfort widows and often to inform persons of the death of a relative. Rogers, 51, is particularly adept at talking persons ou{ of suicide. By his reckoning, he is 22 for 22 in that department. "Someone has to try to get through that haze and hold out a real hope that there can be a better tomorrow." Rogers said. And once a potential suicide victim is talked out of the deed, the priest said it is important that help be provided in the future. "You don't just get them down and walk away. You have to stay with them and work with them." Much of Rogers' job is difficult, but there is one duty that exceeds the others in difficulty — breaking the news of a policeman or a fireman's death to his wife or children. One steamy summer night he was called to a French Quarter bar where a young man was holding police at bay with a pistol. Police had been unsuccessful in.talking the man into giving up the gun, Rogers tripd. The man's face was wounded, his shirt sfained with blood. The pistol swung toward OPEN MON. THRU THURS. ?O.(TT T to Midnight Wl. X S47. 7 o.m. TO 1 a.m. ',* D&J LIQUOR T 509 North Ph. 753.J050 I COMPUTE MASS SHVICt HARRIS CUSS CO. MJ-5115 505 BURLINGTON Rogers, but when the man .noticed his aim was on a priest he repeated In Latin, "Introibo ad allarc Dei." The words were from a mass he learned as a child and mean. ") will go to the aitarofGod." The priest responded with the next sentence in the mass: "Ad Dcaum qui lactificat juven- lulem meam." It translates, "To God who gives joy to my youth." . The young man. relieved, smiled and gave up his pistol. "When you face the gun, at that point you're beyond the point of no return." Rogers said. "There's no point in petting scared. If it's going to happen to you it's going to happen." On Jan. 7. 1W73. a sniper began shooting people from (he rooftop of a downtown motel. As usual when there is trouble, Rogers was called. The shootings occupied the front pages of newspapers for several days, and the final toll was eight dead, including the" sniper, and 19 wounded. "1 guess all told I saw 20 people who were wounded or killed during that." said Rogers, who divided his time between hospitals and the sniper area.. many times putting himself in danger. A .week earlier, on New Year's Eve, the priest had to inform the family of a young police cadet that he had been shot and killed at a police substation. It was learned later the cadet was the motel sniper's first victim. The cadet was from a poor family, and when Rogers entered to bring the sad news the floor gave slightly under his weight. Christmas decorations were still up, and the priest remembers what happened next. "All the lights, the Christmas lights,-went out," Rogers sairi. Although many of. his duties are far from the norm for most priests, Rogers still has his share of regularly priestly duties including teaching in the parish school, making hospital calls and running bingo games. He also devotes lime to lectures at the police academy and counseling police officers and their wives. AD PRICES GOOD THRU OCTOBER 18th Myers Greenhouse, Ph. 753-3996 1NMEMORY Of our deal' husband, father and grandfather. Homer R. Lowry. who was killed 33 years ago. Oct. 12. 1IH-I. . 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