There are some stories that truly speak to the heart and retired Ohio State Trooper Bob Welsh’s touching poem, “My Christmas Eve”, is certainly one of them. With his permission, we had the honor of recreating his poem (original can be found here- https://chp.click/bobwelsh).
Mr. Welsh’s poem represents our mission to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security to those we serve. This is something which is truly shared by every member of public service, no matter the patch, badge, uniform, or job description. The opportunity to serve the people of California is the greatest of gifts and this poem is a great reminder to us all that even the smallest gesture or action can have a positive impact on those around us.
The underlying message of this poem brings to light how impaired driving can impact not only your life, but the lives of those who love you. We urge you to never drive impaired. Please have a plan in place to get home safely before you celebrate this holiday season.
While this video was produced internally, entirely by CHP employees, we could not have done it without the help of many people and wish to extend our gratitude to: Bob Welsh, CHP – Truckee, Michael A. Del Puppo, the CHP Museum, Loch Leven Lodge, Jax At The Tracks, Milne Towing Services, Cal-Nevada Towing, Michael Bittner, Mr. and Mrs. Calcutt, Mr. and Mrs. Wayland, and Mr. and Mrs. Ball.
More of Bob Welsh’s poems can be found at www.BobWelsh.com