A positive outlook and second chance at life
Throughout his recovery, Thibodeaux stated that his positivity, his desire to stay active and his determination to return to duty was what fueled his drive. “The whole time I couldn’t wait to get back to work. It feels great being back. I love this job. I would never do anything else. I love the adrenalin and helping the community” he said. Now, Thibodaux said that he feels a lot better – much like a new man. “It feels great. I can run and not be out of breath. Everyone’s been very supportive. When you’re recovering it’s nice to hear the chief say don’t worry about your job, it will be waiting for you when you get back. It’s a big stress relief” he said.
Bryan Zeringue, the Chief of Police of the Thibodaux Police Department, said that Thibodeaux is an inspiration to the entire community. “If you would look at Paul, you would never think that he went through two double lung transplants. He has such an incredible appreciation for life, health and the law enforcement profession. He inspires those around him to do better, be better and live better. I’m happy to have him back, doing what he loves. This community is better for it” he said.