Kannon DeDeaux wants to be just like his daddy.
Just like Adam DeDeaux, 2-year-old Kannon loves Alabama football and NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon. When DeDeaux joined the Mississippi Highway Patrol last year, Kannon became infatuated with the blue lights and the fancy uniform.
Recently, DeDeaux and his son posed for some pictures. DeDeaux was wearing his Highway Patrol uniform in front of his cruiser, and Kannon was wearing a matching uniform just his size, with a tiny car complete with MHP markings. The public loved the photos, and they quickly went viral.
The story behind the photos is one of a family like so many other law enforcement families that has learned to keep things together in spite of distance and the nonstop schedule of a trooper through understanding, love, and sacrifice.
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Kannon’s ensemble was born of DeDeaux’s time away from home, wife Kristen DeDeaux said. For their first assignment out of Patrol School, troopers are stationed away from their home area. Adam DeDeaux is stationed five hours away from his family.
With the new trooper in north Mississippi and his wife and child home on the Coast, the DeDeauxs stay in touch via FaceTime, text and phone calls, but the time apart left Adam DeDeaux with time to start a project. He picked out a shirt and pants, meticulously matching the colors to those of his uniform. The process of making a little MHP uniform for his son took months, Kristen DeDeaux said.
“It was handcrafted very thoughtfully,” she said. “There was so much thought put into it, down to the creases in the uniform. He had the little patches made, and that’s where it began, with the uniform. He even had his little boots polished.”
When Kannon fell in love with the uniform, his dad found him a little police car. He bought it with the black and white markings and had the decals made, but then painted it by hand, Kristen DeDeaux said. Then the two posed for the now-viral photos.
Kristen said her husband has stayed below the radar as his photos have gotten so much attention. To him it was a labor of love, and the nature of his job has dictated that he duck all the media calls.
That time, effort, and love put into the car and uniform is what Kristen sees when she looks at those photos, not the thousands of times they’ve been shared.
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