AL Trooper's kind gesture brings motorist to tears

AL Trooper's kind gesture brings motorist to tears
(Source: WSFA 12 News Viewer Raenetta Burch)
(Source: WSFA 12 News Viewer Raenetta Burch)

PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - A kind gesture by an Alabama State Trooper didn't go unnoticed by one onlooker, who says the gesture brought her to tears.

What started out as a normal drive home, quickly turned into something more for Raenetta Burch.

"I was getting off the Prattville exit to go home." Burch says. "As I waited on the light to change, I saw a state trooper pull up to two homeless men asking for food and money."

Burch says that at first she thought the trooper was going to arrest the two men but that is when the situation quickly changed. The Trooper handed each man a meal.

"It brought tears to my eyes. I stopped traffic to capture the moment." Burch says. "The Trooper was unaware I was taking the picture. The faces of the men were priceless."

Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Spokesperson Sergeant Steve Jarrett says the trooper in the photo, Trooper Dee Williams, was patrolling near exit 179 off of Interstate 65 and stopped to check on two people holding up a sign requesting for food or money.

When Trooper Williams approached the men, that was when he learned that the two were father and son and were homeless and hungry. He then left the two, drove to the nearest McDonald's and purchased food for them.

Trooper Williams says the men were very grateful for the food. He was heartbroken that the two men were father and son and was shocked to learn someone took a picture of his gesture.

"We are very proud of him." Sergeant Steve Jarrett says.

As for Burch she says, "It was a job well done. I just didn't want this kind gesture to go unnoticed. Law Enforcement have hearts too."

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