Chief: ‘Blessed’ to be alive

Published 3:00 am Friday, February 12, 2016

Brundidge Police Chief Moses Davenport knows three people who have been raised from the dead, “Lazarus, Jesus and me.”

Davenport is emotional when he talks about the near brushes he has had with death and about the time he coded and the Lord brought him back.

Davenport has been dealing with heart disease for nearly 20 years. He will share his story at the Pike County Heart Association’s Red Cap Survivors Breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday at Park Memorial United Methodist Church. All survivors of heart disease and stroke are invited.

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“I’m blessed to be able to tell my story,” Davenport said. “After I coded, the doctor told me that it was God’s grace and God’s mercy and people’s prayer that brought me through. The Lord raised me. I’m not fortunate to be here today; I’m blessed to be here. I know that I’m a miracle. I am so grateful, so thankful that God has given me this time. And, He has given me a responsibility to do something with this time.”

Davenport said he has gratefully accepted what he believes to be God’s command to him.

“When I get up every morning, I ask God for the chance to help somebody,” he said. “Every night when I go to bed, I thank God for the opportunities He has given me to help somebody that day. I don’t want to lie down at night knowing that I’ve not helped somebody some way that day. That is my prayer every day – to be of help to somebody.”

Davenport was diagnosed with heart problems in 1997. His response was “not me.”

“You usually think of somebody with heart problems as obese and inactive,” he said. “That was not me. I didn’t lay around the house and punch the remote control but I had a heart attack.”

Davenport had his first heart attack in 1997. In 2010, he had two heart attacks that were brought on by the stress of surgeries for a rare lung fungus. He had another heart attack in August 2015 that “almost got me.”

“In September, the doctors put a life vest on me that would shock my heart and get it back in rhythm if I passed out,” he said. “I had to wear the life vest until three weeks ago.”

Davenport has a story to tell about his battle with heart disease. And, he is willing to share that his story in hopes that it will help someone else.

“I’m still dealing with my voice,” he said. “I have trouble talking sometimes but I appreciate being asked to speak at the Survivors Breakfast and to celebrate with others that have survived heart disease.”

The Red Cap Survivors Breakfast is set for 8 a.m. Saturday at the Family Life Center at Park Memorial United Methodist Church. Annette Toney, Pike County Heart Association co-chair, said all survivors of heart attack and stroke and their caregivers are invited to attend. “You don’t have to call to say you are coming, we just want you to join us for this time of celebration,” Toney said. “We’ll have a heart-healthy breakfast, Red Caps for those who don’t have them and some great door prizes. We’ll have a prize for the person who has survived heart disease the longest and the one who is the most recent survivor. We’ll have a great speaker in Chief Moses Davenport. It will be a great time together.”