Bloomington, Indiana – Indiana State Police Sgt. Todd Durnil gives a pass on a speeding ticket to truck driver in distress instead honors the mans tearful request.Rodney Gibson was operating his tractor trailer down a highway in Bloomington, Indiana not thinking about the task of driving at hand but rather about his daughters breast cancer that was not going away. Sure enough he was pulled over for speeding and Indiana State Police Sgt. Todd Durnil could tell that Gibson was upset about more than just being pulled over.
As the Sgt. spoke with Gibson he noticed an angel pin on Gibson’s sun visor which was identical to the one that the Sgt. had. Durnil pointed the angel pin out to Gibson, “thinking how we’re probably not all that different,” and Gibson then explained “with tears in his eyes” that the pin was from his daughter. She was recently told the breast cancer she’d been battling for six years metastasized and that she likely wasn’t going to make it.
Understanding that there was more happening in Gibsons life than a minor traffic infraction the Sgt was going to let the man go without a ticket or even a warning.
Durnil was thinking that he would go back home and ask his family and church to pray for Gibson because that is what he believed Gibson needed more than anything according to ABC News.
Durnil said “I also thought, this man already has enough, I’m not going to write him any paperwork for a ticket or even a warning, When I walked back to his truck, I explained everything. He still seemed agitated, but not as bad, and he apologized, saying, ‘I’m sorry, I usually don’t act this way, I’ve just been going through a lot.'”
Durnil then asked Gibson if there was anything else if he could do for him and Gibson told him, “Do you know how to pray?”
“Here I was thinking this man needs prayer, and now he’s asking me for a prayer,” Durnil said. “The good Lord put us together for a purpose.”
Durnil then went over to the right side of the semi, took his hat off, knelt down, took Gibson’s hand and said a prayer. Both the men had tears in their eyes, Durnil said.
The following morning, Durnil said he found out that his station received a call from Gibson saying he wanted to thank Durnil for his kindness.
“I hope everyone that hears about this is one more person that can pray for him and his family,” Durnil said.
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