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.
, 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.”
As it happened, Bossier Parrish Sheriff’s Deputy Jackie Loveless was waiting nearby, on the look out for speeding cars.
“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 vehicle, 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, . “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.”
Deputy Jackie Loveless, we salute you sir! What an excellent show of compassion and understanding at a time when Maxine and Jimmy needed it most.
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