Hospice patient celebrates birthday as boy in blue

By ZAC CARLISLE/Monroe Journal
AMORY – Golden Living resident, Robert Morgan, celebrated his 79th birthday on July 16 by living like a lawman. Because of his fascination with law enforcement, he was given a ride in a squad car along with several police caps to wear.
Morgan, who is originally from Saltillo, started as a school crossing guard at age 14 and was later deputized because of his hard work.

ZAC CARLISLE/MONROE JOURNAL Birthday boy, Robert Morgan, accepts a police cap from Amory Police Department's Lt. Neil Crook. Morgan celebrated his 79th birthday by special police treatment and a ride in a squad car. Also pictured are Hospice Advantage's Bessie Stanford, left, and Monroe County Sheriff's Office deputy Spencer Woods.

ZAC CARLISLE/MONROE JOURNAL
Birthday boy, Robert Morgan, accepts a police cap from Amory Police Department’s Lt. Neil Crook. Morgan celebrated his 79th birthday by special police treatment and a ride in a squad car. Also pictured are Hospice Advantage’s Bessie Stanford, left, and Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputy Spencer Woods.

“He always wore his badge and cap everywhere he went,” said Golden Living activity director Dian Wilemon.
Tanya Willems and Spencer Woods of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and Lt. Neil Crook of the Amory Police Department helped treat Morgan to the special day.
“He has held the law enforcement in high regard. It meant so much to him to ride in a police car again,” said Bessie Stanford of Hospice Advantage.
Morgan has been one of Stanford’s patients for a couple of months now. She recalls Morgan telling her that the only other time he had been given a ride in a police car was when he was struck by a car when he was younger and the police gave him a ride to the hospital.
Hospice Advantage takes one thing from a patient’s interest and builds on it.
“Hospice care is not about nursing. It is about the person,” said Hospice Advantage chaplain Rev. Brant Dick.
The sheriff’s department has promised to give Morgan as many rides in the car as he would like.
“He is looking forward to it many more times,” Stanford said.

About Ray Van Dusen

I've been with the Monroe Journal since Aug. 2009 as a staff writer, but took the role as news editor in late 2012. I'm always looking for interesting story ideas from around Monroe County. You can reach me via email at ray.vandusen@journalinc.com.

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