My good friend and yours, Leon Petite is out of surgery and in recovery. The surgeon told Leon's wife, Jennifer, that Leon did very well throughout the procedure. He should be headed to ICU in a bit, where he will remain for some time. Please pause and say a prayer of thanksgiving for this positive outcome and step in the right direction.
It will be a tough few days (or longer) ahead for Leon, his wife and their awesome children. I know they will appreciate your continued thoughts and prayers.
Many of you came to know Leon from his 20 years as a reporter, especially during the time he spent covering Baldwin County, Al--- from top to bottom and every community in-between! His easy manner, likable approach and honest journalism made him a local favorite. We need more reporters like Leon. He is still missed on the airwaves, some 5 years or so since he decided to say goodbye to the world of TV news.
This past weekend, I was honored to be able to turn the microphone, so to speak, on Leon. He wanted to share his story, and his faith, with you. Tomorrow, I will begin sharing with you video clips of that "interview," as he prepared for this bend in the road. You will be touched by that faith, as well as by his strength, his love for his family and friends, and his desire to encourage others rather than to focus on his own difficult situation. It's Leon Petite, at his finest!