An anonymous motorist turned the tables on an Ascension Parish lieutenant when the resident stopped the lawman during Christmas week to present him with a special gift.

Lt. Darryl Smith was patrolling on Dec. 2 when he was stopped by a motorist who said he had a gift for the Sheriff’s Office, Allison Hudson, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, said.

The meeting took place in front of Ascension Baptist Church, she said.

The man told Smith he wanted to remain anonymous but he felt it was important, in light of recent events surrounding law enforcement officers, to thank area lawmen for their service.

The man wanted Sheriff Jeff Wiley and the APSO family to know that he prays for the officers daily, she said.

He presented Smith with a hand-crafted cross.

While Smith was still in his presence, he asked if he could pray for him and the entire department, and the two men prayed together, she said.

“This wonderful addition to our family will be hung at our substation on Airline Highway, where deputies frequent on a daily basis in between calls for service,” Hudson said.