I wanted to publicly give huge praise and props to FHP Trooper Poulin who I had the incredible privilege of meeting this morning. I was on my way to worship my maker when one of my tires blew out on the Bay Side bridge. I was able to make my way to the emergency lane and to call upon my motor club. The motor club advised that it would be about 1 hour to 80 minutes to get someone out. I sorta panicked as the vehicles next to the emergency lane were whizzing by at high rates of speed like it was nobody’s business and I had a toddler in the vehicle. So I called non-emergency 911 and asked for a patrol man/woman to hang by to interrupt the high speed motorists from continuing to drive by the emergency lane. In no time, we were met by Trooper Poulin.
Trooper Poulin is a model trooper. Trooper Poulin arrived with a smile and after brief inquiry about the situation at hand, asked if I had a spare tire (I did) and then walked to her patrol vehicle and back while pulling on some black work gloves. Trooper Poulin said she’d change the tire. My nephew was alittle startled and I told him this is Trooper Poulin, she is here to help us. I told my nephew she is a good person, here to protect and serve. I never want to be held hostage again in this same situation, so I stood by to watch her switch out the tire so I could pick up the basics and she kindly explained the process. Everyone should know how to switch out a tire and not wait an ungodly amount of time for a motor club. It is not incredibly difficult – next time I will be ready.
Once Trooper Poulin was done, I asked if I could take pictures with her and my nephew, Roly, and she was more than happy to participate. Trooper Poulin asked Roly if he wanted to wear her vest. I wanted my nephew to begin learning that law enforcement members are persons to respect and not fear, unless you are doing something wrong. I wanted him to have the same experience that I had as a second grader when I was introduced to officer friendly.
Thanks Trooper Poulin for saving the day this morning. May God bless and protect you and all members of law enforcement as you go about your duties of protecting and serving our communities.
“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.” Romans 13:1-5