October 26, 2015 as Raenetta Burch was on her way home she noticed a State Trooper talking with two people near the Prattville exit and she believed that their arrest was imminent. She was however surprised at what she saw happen. Instead of the Trooper pulling out handcuffs or producing a summons he handed the father and son who were homeless what they really needed more than anything.
Without the Troopers knowledge she started taking pictures of him as he handed the two men meals. She quickly sent the photos to WSFA 12 News and said
“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.”
The photos and story went viral shortly after WSFA ran with the story thankfully and they did a followup on it. They spoke with Trooper Williams and found out that he was on routine patrol and got off at Exit 179 when he spotted the two men and stopped to do a welfare check.
“The son actually told me that that was his dad up there and they were very hungry and needed something to eat. By me having a son that just got to me. As I was traveling, I thought I’d go back and get them something to eat to make them have a good day,” Williams said. “They just basically said thank you and they were very appreciative.”
WSFA 12 News did a wonderful interview of both Trooper Williams and Raenetta Burch in their second article.
The three original photos that garnered all teh attention are here:
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