Author Paul Dowling
A female whom I’d arrested approached me two years later in a restaurant and asked if I remembered her. At first I didn’t recognize her and she explained who she was and I was blown away.
She looked so completely different. She was healthy, pretty, and seemed to have done a 180 degree turnaround. She started tearing up and thanked me for talking to her about the choices she’d made up to the point of her arrest. She said that talk and kindness without judgement that I’d shown her made her realize how much she needed to work on herself. I told her thank you and how proud I was of her. She grabbed me and bear hugged me.
That’s why I started doing this. I wanted to make a difference in the lives of others and that moment made all the sacrifices of an unpaid volunteer deputy worth every second of time I’ve given to my community. That was one of the proudest moments of my life and when I see her now, I know I’m getting a hug and I’ve made a friend for life.