Sure I know you horndogs and doggettes want me to write about this, but I'd rather focus our intentions on this:
But his personal history may surprise you.
While he has dedicated his adult life to upholding the law, Lian says as a teen growing up in Miami, he had his share of run-ins with law-enforcement.
“Getting involved in group related activities I shouldn’t have gotten involved in. Getting involved in taking things that weren’t mine. Those kinds of things. It was a difficult time,” Lian told CBS4’s Lauren Pastrana. “I ran away so much the cops got to know me in that area. After the umpteenth time that they brought me at 3 in the morning my mom just said I don’t know what to do.”
That’s when he ended up at the Miami Bridge, Miami-Dade’s only 24-hour shelter for troubled, abused, neglected, or abandoned ages 10 to 17.
“It was a very difficult time and the Bridge was very important because it provided a safe space from a life that had become a vicious cycle and a time out from the influences that I was subject to where I was growing up,” Lian said.
He was there for 42 days in 1979, then moved to a group home for a year, before eventually graduating high school, then college and law school!
Now, more than 30 years later, Lian is the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Miami Bridge and is committed to showing kids there that they too can turn their lives around.So how's that for an amazing story -- and how awesome are the volunteers and prime movers who help Miami Bridge do all they do.
(Hey, I left most of the snark out of this one!)