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Video: Idaho Deputy Stops Motorist, Prays for Cancer Victim Instead of Giving Ticket

April 15, 2016  | 

VIDEO: Idaho Deputy Stops Motorist, Prays for Cancer Victim Instead of Giving Ticket

A Kootenai County (ID) Sheriff’s deputy is being praised for a small act of kindness.

Deputy Matthew Brakeman pulled over a woman in Hayden who was speeding a couple weeks ago, but instead of giving her a ticket he offered up something else. Brakeman said the woman was going about 10 miles over the speed limit.

"Driver was not happy to be stopped. So I spoke to her for a moment," said Brakeman.

When he started talking to the driver he could tell something was different. In the passenger's seat was the driver's mother.

"I asked where they were headed. And she said to the oncologist. She then started to become a little bit emotional," Brakeman told KREM TV.

He learned the driver's mother had been battling cancer. They were on their way to another painful trip to the doctor's office. Brakeman went back to his patrol car.

"And then walked back up to the passenger side and asked her mother if she would accept a prayer. And she said, 'Absolutely.' So then we prayed and told them to have a good day and went back to my car," Brakeman explained.

Comments (4)

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Chaplain John Van Kirk @ 4/16/2016 8:11 AM

This man has shown us what the real face of law enforcement is like and the rest of the world needs to see this....what a heart of gold and a man after God's own heart!
-Boise, ID

Mike @ 4/16/2016 8:21 AM

Well done Deputy are a credit to the Law Enforcement profession.

kevCopAz @ 4/16/2016 8:27 AM

Great effort at helping a person in need, be it physical or emotional. Im surprised the ACLU and other anti police and religious groups isn't calling for the Deputy to be terminated for some made up allegation of separation of church and state since somehow those folks think (in error) that means the elimination of God in the public place all together.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 4/16/2016 10:54 PM

kevCopAz, you are right. God should not be eliminated at all. I sure hope the aclu doesn't get involved. Praying with a person is something that I would be glad to do if I ever get the opportunity, on or off duty.

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