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Gina Headen thought that nobody was looking when she stopped on the road in Belleville, Illinois, but one police officer saw everything. St. Clair County Deputy Dan Hill first saw Gina driving over the speed limit, 65 in a 55 zone, and stopped her to write her a ticket. But when he saw that her birthday was on the same date and year as his he decided to let her off with just a warning, saying it’s her lucky day.

He was heading towards his car and when he turned around and noticed Gina sitting in her car with her hands on her face crying. So, he went to her to ask if everything was all right. She told him that her father, whom she was caring for and loved very much, had just passed away. And the officer’s next move surprised her and week later she received another surprise.

“He said take a minute and breathe. He talked to me a minute then helped me back into traffic,” Gina said in a post on Facebook. A week later Gina received a card in her mail from the officer with a handwritten message that took her by surprise.

“My Condolence on the loss of your father. I’m sure he was a great man who loved his family. I pray that your tear of sadness becomes tears of joy in remembering his legacy,” he started the note, then he quoted an applicable line of scripture, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes and death shall be no more. Neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

Gina was pleasantly surprised by this officer’s kindness. This man went out of his way to make a stranger feel well, that is something rare in this time.

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6 Comments
  • MrsDianne Kirkwood says:

    Just wonderful,what a great world this would be if everyone was this kind and caring, so touching.

  • SGBaker says:

    This goes well above and beyond the call of duty. There are so many caring Law Enforcement Officers across our great nation. Salute each and every one of them, they do so care for all lives.

  • Joanne Miller says:

    Above and beyond! A word spoken appropriately is like apples of gold in settings of silver. Proverbs

  • paulette says:

    AWESOME STORY

  • Betty Buckman says:

    Your statement, “this is rare” is not true. Goodness and kindness happen every day in America! It just doesn’t get news coverage like all the hate! Thank you for sharing this story.

  • Joy Jacovino says:

    Just shows that ” Loving Thy Neighbor” is still very strong in America!!

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