When this woman is stopped by a police officer for speeding, she assumes he’ll hand over a ticket, but surprisingly he lets her off with a warning. Then, he looks back and he sees her sobbing. Next thing she knows, he’s tapping on her window.
Gina Headen was driving 65 mph in a 55-mph zone in Belleville, Illinois. So, when she was pulled over by a police officer, she took full responsibility for her actions. When the officer, Deputy Dan Hill, saw that he and Gina shared the same birthday, he decided not to give her a ticket but issued her a warning instead.
When he walked away, Gina didn’t drive off; she found herself unable to hold back the tears and started to cry. Then, she heard an unexpected tapping on the window. She looked up and saw that Deputy Hill had returned. She thought he had already left the area.
He asked her if she was all right, and Gina told him that her father had just passed away. She had loved her dad very much and had been caring for him up until he died.
“He asked me if I was doing okay,” Headen recalled. “He said take a deep breath, your dad must have been a good man to have someone who loved him and cared for him so much, then talked to me for a few minutes.”
The officer showed much compassion, which Gina valued. When he left, she did not expect to hear from him again.
A week later, however, a card arrived in the mail. When Gina opened it up, she saw a handwritten message from Deputy Hill.
The card read:
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.
Deputy Hill also included a line from the 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 took to Facebook to share the caring message from the officer to her friends and family.
“I just thought people need to know good police officers out there who care for their community,” Gina said.
Deputy Hill spoke with KMOV4 and shared that the officers in the department do such acts on a daily basis; what he did for Gina just happened to be in the spotlight.
“We are not just here to send people to jail, write tickets. We help when we can,” he said.
What Deputy Hill did for Gina goes to show that acts of kindness from the heart are what matter in life.