LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Many people create baby books for their children so they can look back later in life and remember their milestones — first haircut, first Halloween costume, first words.

But Montgomery County Police Lieutenant Demitri C. Kornegay, who was worried about not being around to give his child guidance because of the inherent danger in his line of work, did something a little different.

“So many officers were getting hurt at the time,” says Kornegay, who is now 57 and approaching retirement. “And I figured I better put something together just in case.”

His daughter, 30-year-old Rhonda Kornegay-Love, knows the lessons in the series of letters he wrote her like the back of her hand. Lessons such as…

“Why is a relationship like a car accident? Because the slower you go the less damage you do.”

“What three gates should the words you’re about to speak go through before you speak them? Are the words true, are the words kind, are the words necessary?”

Rhonda, who grew up to be an attorney, a wife and a parent herself, is grateful to her father for sharing his wisdom.

“It let me really know how a man could love his daughter,” she says.

Kornegay’s letters have been published in a book entitled Dear Rhonda: Life Lessons from a Father to His Daughter. It is available for purchase online.

WNEW’s Kevin Patrick contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.


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