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5 Years After Cop Arrests Woman for Drugs, She Invites Him to College Graduation

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Someone once said, “People don’t change.” Though I am unsure who said it, or when, one woman has proven that it’s never too late to take hold of a second chance.

At only 16 years old, Tiffany Hall of Long Beach, California found herself sitting in the back seat of a police car on more than one occasion. Though these routine arrests for drug use could have passed silently, Lt. Jim Foster saw these moments as a chance to reach the teen on a deeper level.

“He treated me like I was human,” Hall recalled. “And not like I was nobody.”

It’s been five years since Hall encountered Foster. Now, she’s decided to thank him for influencing her to find a different path.

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Much has happened since Hall’s teen year arrests. While preparing to receive her Bachelor’s degree, Hall knew her graduation ceremony wouldn’t be complete without one attendee in particular.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for you,” she told Foster as the cameras rolled. The officer responded in kind when he answered, “I have more for you.”

Now it appears Hall also wants to make a difference as she pursues a career in social work.

“I tell myself every day, ‘Don’t look back behind because there’s nothing back there. You gotta keep looking forward,'” she said.

Wise words to live by for this former drug addict turned successful college grad; words she will undoubtedly carry with her as she seeks to affect others in the same way Foster affected her.

The two shared a sentimental hug of gratitude following Hall’s speech. The joy spread across their faces was worth more than a thousand words.

“The biggest joy of my professional career is from time-to-time having contact with people who have found their way out of horrible circumstances,” Foster said.

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When Hall gifted him a printed graduation announcement, the officer held it up for the cameras with pride.

Hall’s story just serves to show that, despite the bad choices we make, we always have the opportunity to choose something better. No doubt Foster will remember Hall’s ceremony for years to come, and I have a feeling this man was truly touched he was remembered from all those years ago.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
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Arizona
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English
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