BLAKELY, GA (WALB) - People gathered Wednesday night in Blakely to pray for the Chief Deputy of the Early County Sheriff's Office after Tim Hardrick was diagnosed with prostate cancer this week.
Hardrick's friends, co-workers and family attended a candlelight vigil in downtown Blakely.
A dreary summer evening didn't keep people from showing up for Wednesday night's prayer vigil.
Chief Deputy Tim Hardrick received life changing news on Tuesday.
He went to the doctor to get some routine blood testing, but left with a shocking diagnosis: stage four prostate cancer.
Captain Sandra Martin said that the news brought the sheriff's office closer together.
"What I hope is that he can keep that same humor through the things that he's going to go through within the next few months. Hardrick: It's an overwhelming feeling I tell you," explained Martin. "It's good to know that your name and your status in the community means this much to these many people."
Hardrick is heading to Houston, Texas for treatment.
The family is asking for prayers as they deal with this difficult time.
The sheriff's office set up a "Fund Tim Hardrick" account at 1st State Bank, where people can give donations to the family.