If you’ve ever been pulled over by a cop, you’ll know it can be a scary thing.
At the very least one elderly Louisiana couple was nervous when they were asked to pull over as a result of alleged speeding. They grew even more perturbed when they noticed that the officer who had flagged them was acting strange.
Firstly, he took a very long time to exit his vehicle, and there were other signs that made them wary. In the end, he reached into their car and asked a question that would give the couple a whole lot more than they bargained for…
Maxine Morgan and her husband Jimmy were headed to Shreveport, Louisiana to attend a memorial service for their daughter Daphne, who had passed away just several days prior.
As per KSLA, Maxine was driving a little too fast on their way there – forgivable considering the circumstances.
“I was paying attention to my driving,” Maxine explained. “But my mind wasn’t there.”
“I was parked at Taylor’s Grocery looking for speeders heading west,” he said. “When they came by, they were speeding.”
Deputy Loveless said a quiet prayer for himself before leaving the vehicle, like so many other officers, he fears for his safety every time he makes a traffic stop since he knows how quickly they can go wrong. At every traffic stop, Deputy Loveless calls in his location and the license plate, which is standard procedure. Then approached Maxine and Jimmy and asked them how they were doing. Maxine proceeded to explain to the deputy where they were headed and why outlining the reason why she might have crept above the legal speed limit.
“It’s hard, very hard,” Morgan said, as per KSLA. “It’s the hardest thing in the world to have to give up one of your kids.”
Other police officers may not have been moved by her story, but Deputy Loveless reacted in a manner that left the couple quite confounded. Instead of issuing a speeding ticket, he reached his hand inside the car and asked Maxine if he could pray with her.
“I asked her, ‘Ma’am, do you mind if I pray with you?’” said Loveless.
Overcome with grief, Maxine and Jimmy accepted the officer’s proposal and said a solemn pray with him.
“I think he was our miracle that day,” said Maxine. “We needed something that day and he gave it to us.”
Deputy Loveless, meanwhile, has his own account of the incident.
“In the middle of the prayer, she grabbed my hand and held my hand real tight. And tears started coming from her, tears of greatness and tears of appreciation.”
As for Maxine and her husband Jimmy, Deputy Loveless’ great show of kindness really had a positive effect on the grieving couple. She said that now, whenever she thinks back to the horrible day of having to lay her daughter to rest, she’ll always remember a deputy that took the time to comfort them in their grief.
Although Maxine Morgan got off without a speeding ticket, she doesn’t consider the traffic stop to be without consequence. Maxine and her husband Jimmy will never forget the kind police officer who did everything in his power to make that sad day better. “I think he was our miracle that day,” she said. “We needed something that day, and he gave it to us.”
Deputy Loveless provides an excellent example of what it means to serve the very people you’ve sworn to protect, and his services made an otherwise dreary day for the Morgans just a little bit brighter with his actions. Kudos to him for going out of his way to help a family in need of comfort, when he very easily could have just written them a ticket and been done with it.