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Prayer vigil Monday for injured police officer, firefighter

Police, firefighters and public officials will conduct a prayer vigil Monday evening for a police officer and a firefighter who were severely injured recently in separate motor vehicle wrecks.

Officer Richard Lambing, 37, and firefighter Mark Puente, 25, both were in critical condition Friday in the intensive care unit at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

The "Prayer for Healing" will be at 7 p.m. on the front steps of the Tarrant County courthouse, 100 E. Weatherford St. in downtown Fort Worth.

Hosts are the Fort Worth Police Officers Association with the Fort Worth Firefighters Association.

Mayor Mike Moncrief, Police Chief Jeff Halstead, Fire Chief Rudy Jackson, Sheriff Dee Anderson and members of the City Council will attend, according to a police department news release.

The department's Facebook page noted, "Everyone is invited to participate in praying for recovery for Officer Lambing and Firefighter Puente."

Lambing was injured the afternoon of July 8 while helping a Tarrant County sheriff's deputy pursue a motorcyclist who had left a suspected Mansfield drug house.

The chase went north on East Loop 820 and then east on Interstate 30 where Lambing's patrol car slid off the pavement and crashed into a tree.

A man was arrested later on July 8 on an unrelated charge, but investigators have been trying to determine if he was the motorcyclist being pursued in the chase. There were no updates on the case Friday morning.

Puente was hurt Sunday morning when his 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser was broadsided by a pickup at Bryant Irvin Road and Camp Bowie Boulevard. The pickup driver, Roy Dorsey, 57, of Fort Worth, was arrested.

Police said Dorsey stole the truck and kidnapped his ex-girlfriend's 4-year-old grandson before crashing into Puente's vehicle. The child was safely returned to his family.

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