December 15, 2022
Good Morning to all, my name is 1st Lt. Blake A. Tabor, and I currently serve as the Public Information Officer for the Terrebonne parish Sheriff’s Office. I have not formally introduced myself until this moment, but I am responsible for the dissemination of all press releases, social media content, and public information for our agency. I am presenting this press release this morning, which will be a little different than what is normally released, to inform the public of a very special incident that happened to me this morning.
As some of you may know, at the beginning of the school year I was tasked with assisting with school traffic at Houma Christian School, which I do in the mornings prior to school, and afternoons. Starting about a month ago, I was approached by a vehicle in the roadway, where the driver began to slow as he approached me. I then noticed the rear passenger window lowering, to reveal the cutest little girl waving and telling me good morning. Her father went on to say that his daughter has mentioned me on several occasions and has always wanted to stop and say a simple “Hi” or “Good Morning”. From that point on, every morning this sweet little angel encourages her parents to stop, so she can speak to me and bid me a “Good Morning”.
On this particular day, as she always does, the vehicle stopped and my sweet little friend said, “Merry Christmas”, and handed me a bag of Christmas candy and a card, with “Mr. Tabor” written on the front. I was so taken aback at the gesture of kindness. I told her “Thank You and Merry Christmas”, she smiled, and they drove off to start her day.
After I completed my task, I immediately opened the card, which revealed the sweetest message of “You make little hearts happy…and it means a lot”, and the card was signed personally by “Grier”. Now, I have always prided myself on being able to keep my composure in emotional situations, after all, I am a seasoned Law Enforcement professional…we specialize in emotional situations! I am not ashamed to admit that I was overcome with emotions, right there on the side of the road, as I sat in my police unit. It wasn’t the gift itself, but by the sentiment. The sentiment of a precious little girl, who for no other reason felt compelled to use her kindness and love to spread cheer and joy to someone she didn’t know!
As I reflect, I want to sing the praises of Grier, who is a 3-year-old Pre-K student at a local elementary school. Grier, I want you to know that that you have brought an immense amount of joy to my days since we have met, and every morning I look forward to seeing your smiling face to tell you “Good Morning”. You are an absolute ray of sunshine, and as you grow through life, I hope you always use your pure heart to brighten this world and others, as you have done for me. Thank you, my little friend. To the parents, I say thank you as well. Thank you for introducing her to me and thank you for teaching Grier that love and kindness conquer all.
In closing, we could all stand to learn a lesson from this very special little girl. Take the time to speak to Law Enforcement officers, because we underestimate the power a kind word and compassion can have on someone. My Blue family are brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, grandmothers, grandfathers, and friends. We love our community, and we love to serve those within. We stand ready to serve no matter the cost, because for the majority, this profession is a calling, and not a job.
From my family, and the entire Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office, we wish each of you a very Merry Christmas, and a healthy and prosperous New Year.