Reporter’s notebook — Proposal surprises soldier

CNJ staff

ENLISTING THE HELP OF HIS BOSS AND FRIENDS, a local sheriff’s deputy arranged to have his colleagues stage a felony traffic stop so he could propose to his girlfriend.
Michael Brockett said he began hatching his plan while his girlfriend, Jeanene Pollard, was away at pre-deployment training for the National Guard.
Plans were made for state police officers to pull her over as she returned to Clovis from her training, he said.
WHEN SHE WAS PULLED OVER, she was ordered from her car and into a spotlight, the 26-year-old deputy said. Watching from the shadows, Brockett said he could see she was nervous and had no idea what was really about to take place.
“She was pretty shocked,” he said. “She didn’t know what was up. When she saw me, the jig was up and she knew what was going on,” he laughed.
DROPPING DOWN ON ONE KNEE, Brockett proposed, and family and friends stepped into the open to witness Pollard’s “yes.”
Pollard, 25, has since been deployed to Iraq, where she serves with a civil affairs unit. The couple plan to wed after she returns in December 2007, Brockett said. They are hoping to have the wedding Sept. 15, 2008, the anniversary of their first date and of his proposal.
CURRY COUNTY SHERIFF ROGER HATCHER, who helped with the ruse, said it completely caught Pollard by surprise.
“She did not have a clue what was happening,” Hatcher said.
“That was fun. I enjoyed doing that. Michael’s a great young man and a good police officer. He’s got a great heart. I just think the world of that couple and wish the best for them.”

Reporter’s Notebook was compiled by CNJ staff writer Sharna Johnson. Suggested items may be mailed to Managing Editor Rick White at P.O. Box 1689, Clovis, NM 88101. The e-mail address is:
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