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The Year Before My Best Friend

I had been employed by the Macon Police Department for about seventeen years. During that time I became a heavy drinker. One night in June of 2003, I was on my way home from a nightclub on the east side of Macon when I fell asleep behind the wheel. I crashed into a pole and totaled my car. At that moment I was faced with a difficult decision.

I had two choices. Rush home (I was about a mile from home), go to sleep, wake up in the morning and report my car stolen. Or face what I had coming to me for driving under the influence. I decided to call it in and wait for the worse.

When responding officers arrived, I told them I had been drinking. Ultimately I was charged with D.U.I. but the officer refused to take me to jail. He wrote me a ticket for the offense and I went home.

It was then I realized I was an alcoholic to the degree I could still work sober, but wound up drunk about an hour after I got home from work. Even though I got a 45-day suspension without pay, and $750.00 in fines, I still didn’t quit drinking. But what’s striking about this incident is this was the start of me realizing just how much I needed a friend.

God doesn’t let no sin go unpunished (Galatians 6:7) so I was dealt with. But I believe God showed mercy and extended grace because I was supposed to be fired and lose my pension, but I wasn’t. And I believe it was because I didn’t try to lie my way out of it, instead I confessed and stood and faced the consequences.

Right afterwards a co-worker told me that I may be the laughing stock of Macon, but God was going to put me back out there as a trophy for all to see.

2 thoughts on “The Year Before My Best Friend”

  1. Christopher Dupont

    You Sir, were never the laughing stock of Macon. If anything your example of doing the right thing after having done wrong helped guide a whole new group of officers in morality and responsible behavior. I used your collision as a teachable moment for years with recruits that rode with me as an example of none are above the law or mistake. I figure I had about 60 officers in my time that heard the story, saw the pride I felt in you for making the changes I saw in you over the years, and never a disparaging word was said. We are all human and all perfectly flawed in gods perfect creation. Even today your candor and grace is admirable. I was proud to be a coworker and honored to call you a friend. Keep living in the light!

    1. Thank you, Chris. These words are encouraging me to keep going forth in the name of Jesus. Thank you for taking the time to read and I humbly receive your words of encouragement. That was a trying time in my life and if I ever experienced paranoia that was the time. But you’re right. I felt the support from many of the officers I worked with. And if I may return a compliment. You are a good example for young officers to follow. I watched you from a distance and you were quiet, humble but highly effective. Peace to you and your family and Merry Christmas!

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