A Louisiana couple was on their way to a memorial service for their daughter when they were pulled over for speeding by a local deputy. The couple noticed the officer’s odd behavior right after he pulled them over, taking a very long time to exit his patrol car. They ended up getting far more than just a ticket after the deputy suddenly reached into their vehicle.
Seriff’s Deputy Jackie Loveless, Maxine Morgan, and her husband
Maxine Morgan and her husband were headed to Shreveport to attend a memorial service for their daughter, Daphne, who had just died several days earlier, reported KSLA. Due to the circumstances, their rate of travel was the last thing on their minds, and they were really only concerned with getting to their destination.
“I was paying attention to my driving,” said Morgan. “But my mind wasn’t there.”
Before she knew it, Maxine saw blue lights flashing behind her. She had just gone through a speed trap, and Bossier Parrish Sheriff’s Deputy Jackie Loveless caught them on radar going too fast.
“I was parked at Taylor’s Grocery looking for speeders heading west,” recalled Loveless. “When they came by, they were speeding.”
At every stop, Loveless lets dispatch know what’s going on, as he’s supposed to. But one thing he does, that’s not required of every deputy, is to pray for his own safety before exiting the vehicle. Like so many other officers, he fears for his safety every time he makes a routine traffic stop since he knows how quickly they can go south.
Deputy Loveless approached Maxine and her husband with kindness, asking them things like, “How are you doing today?” and “Where are you going in such a hurry?” So, Maxine explained to him what was going on and where they were headed, and that’s when Loveless left the couple stunned.
The deputy suddenly reached into the vehicle, grabbed Maxine’s hand, and asked her a simple request.
“I asked her, ‘Ma’am, do you mind if I pray with you?’” said Loveless. “When the spirit of the Lord comes up to me to pray, I’m obedient to him and pray with that person.”
Of course, Maxine and her husband didn’t hesitate to pray with the deputy.
“It just touched me so much,” remembered Maxine. “He took the time to pray with us.”
Loveless, who was also moved by the moment, remembered one part of their prayer that really stood out to him.
“In the middle of prayer, she grabbed my hand and held my hand real tight,” he said. “And tears started coming from her, tears of greatness and tears of appreciation.”
As for Maxine and her husband, Deputy Loveless’ great show of kindness really had a positive effect on them. 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.
“I think he was our miracle that day,” said Maxine. “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 comfort a grieving couple, when he very easily could have just written them a ticket and been done with it.