BSO deputy watches over wounded shooting victims in the hospital
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (CBS12) —
The image captured the raw emotion as a Broward County Sheriff’s deputy prays at the bedside of a student wounded in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week.
Brenda Louis became a deputy to make difference and last week, she made an impact she never expected.
“I think that we are going to be connected forever,” Louis said, adding that the photo encapsulates both tragedy and hope. “There was so much sadness you could feel it in the atmosphere."
In the photo, Louis is seen praying at the bedside of 15-year-old Kyle Laman who came out of surgery and was asleep. He was shot in the leg, but was still able to escape from the school.
“We are all impacted by this tragedy,” Louis said.
Louis was assigned to a detail at Broward Health watching over victims from the tragedy. She says the Laman family opened up to her and she could sense their pain as Kyle came out of surgery. The situation was tough on Louis as well, as she is a mother of two.
"Just seeing him laying there, I just kept getting a reminder that could be my son,” she said.
Louis knew she had to do something. Then, she said she felt God’s presence, and heard his words.
“I actually kept hearing a voice, you need to pray, you need to pray, I just kept hearing that voice,” she said. “It was just flowing out of my mouth from God’s mouth to mine."
For 10 minutes, she prayed for strength, healing, and better days.
“I didn’t even know there was a picture taken of me,” Luis said.
A time of tragedy brought Louis and Kyle together. However, the moment captured compassion and love, forming an emotional bond forever.
Kyle was asleep when the photo was taken last Thursday.
Louis and Kyle embraced for the first time on Wednesday. She said she told him she wished she could trade places with him.