Indiana meteorologist Byron Douglas WFIE surprises autistic fan


Constable Taylor Merriss has been with the Evansville Police Department for seven years. Last year, she stepped into the role of Special Projects Coordinator, and this week she got to coordinate a very special surprise, one that Noel will never forget.



Meet Christmas

Taylor first met her friend Noel through Autism Outreach work with the police department. Noel recently stopped by a Coffee With a Cop event, and he really wanted to watch 14 News Sunrise on repeat. Noel and I have something in common, we love the weather and our local meteorologists! Now, Noel is one of Byron Douglas’ biggest fans, and when Taylor realized that, she put her media contact to good use and planned a special surprise for Noel’s 21st birthday.

Plan an amazing birthday

I freely admit that I am a total fangirl when it comes to our local TV news personalities. So I can imagine how exciting it was for Christmas to receive a special present from News 14 with a letter written and signed by Mike Blake and Byron Douglas. Taylor gave Noel the special letter to National Night Out.



But wait, there’s more

The icing on the Christmas cake or I guess it would be the icing, in this case, was actually meeting his favorite meteorologist, Byron Douglas. Not only that, but he also got to see behind the scenes and see how the 14 news team delivers the news. Plus he met Mike Blake who has been on the local news since I was a little kid!



Behind the scenes of a weather forecast



Not just a job

You can tell Constable Merriss really loves the community and helps bridge the gap between citizens and police.

“There’s a lot I’m capable of doing in my job – but it’s totally up to riding bulls. Seeing things fall into place and using the means that have me been given really makes my heart happy to be a police officer and the job I’m in. I’m also thankful, because of my job as a police officer, to have this kind of relationship with the local news outlets. -Taylor Merris

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Who is Officer Taylor Merriss?

Taylor Merriss is the Evansville Police Department’s Special Projects Coordinator. She has already participated in many public events, met the community and answered questions about the department.


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