Special delivery leads to family's meeting with governor

By: Brittany Pelletz Email
By: Brittany Pelletz Email

A special delivery lead to a special meeting today.
Earlier this year, a Kentucky soldier asked Governor Steve Beshear to pass along a message to his pregnant wife, during the governor's visit to Iraq.

Beshear granted the request and today, the family got to say thank you in person.

Myrranda Gentry, Shelbyville resident says, "It's something you don't expect and you know he didn't have to do any of that."

"He said, 'Governor if you can in any way send a message to my wife, Myrranda. She is pregnant, and she's going to have our baby in the next two or three days', he said, 'and if you could tell her I love her," Governor Steve Beshear said of Bruce Gentry's request.

"It's one in a million, ya know why him," adds Gentry.

Now that she's had her baby, named Bryce, Gentry wanted to thank the governor in person, "It's a once in a life time thing for my son and us," says Bruce Gentry.

With the help of technology, Bruce Gentry, a chief foreign officer in the army, was able to be part of today's meeting, "I think it's great. It's something that he'll be able to tell everybody when he grows up that when he was born, he knew the governor at that time," Gentry said.

Governor Beshear says his trip overseas with Kentucky troops was very meaningful and he felt honored to meet the newest member of the gentry family. "I'm excited about their family and I'm excited that we're going to bring Bruce and a lot of other folks home as their service end," Beshear said.

While meeting Bryce Gentry was special for the governor, Beshear is most excited for him to meet his daddy, "Now to see Bryce here, a health baby boy, that his dad is very proud of and I'm sure can't wait to get back here and that's what this is all about," Beshear said.

This experience is something that the Gentrys will hold onto forever.

"The governor did something special. He didn't have to do any of that. He did something from his heart and it's something from the heart that meant a lot to us," Myrranda Gentry said.

The governor and his wife gave baby Bryce a blanket as a gift.

At today's ceremony, Myrranda Gentry also presented an American flag, that was flown over Iraq, as a gift to the Shelbyville Police Department.

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