A police officer in Idaho recently stopped a woman for speeding and was prepared to give her a ticket — until he learned some tragic details about where she was headed.
Kootenai County Sheriff’s Deputy Matthew Brakeman said that he could tell that the driver wasn't happy about being pulled, so he began speaking with her and learned that her mother, who was in the passenger seat, is battling cancer.
"I asked where they were headed, and she said to the oncologist," Brakeman told KREM-TV. "She then started to become a little bit emotional."
That's when the officer went back to his vehicle to think about the best way to proceed. While he knew that the woman had been speeding and deserved a ticket, he decided to offer up a prayer for her mother instead.
"And then walked back up to the passenger side and asked her mother if she would accept a prayer," the officer said. "And she said, 'Absolutely.' So then we prayed and told them to have a good day and went back to my car."
It's a kind act that has been getting a fair amount of attention in recent days, with many commending Brakeman for his compassionate act, but the officer said that he did it because he knows the pains that come along with cancer all too well after losing his own mother to the disease.
"I think they needed some love, and we all do," he said.
A woman presumed to be the driver posted a message on the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office's Facebook page on March 30, thanking the officer for his kind act.
"So I made an appointment this morning for my mum at her cancer doctor. They could fit her in but I had to hustle to get there. Okay no problem..... Until I get pulled over for going 45 in a 35," she wrote. "The officer that pulled me over didn't give me a ticket but instead went over to my mums side of the car, got down to her level and gave her a beautiful prayer."
The woman continued, "Needless to say I emotionally lost it but thankful for him pulling me over at that moment and offering his kindness to us. I don't know the officer's [name] that stopped me but I want to thank him for his blessings and for hope."
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