Kootenai County, ID Sheriff’s Deputy pulls over motorist, understands problems, offers prayers that are gladly accepted.

Deputy Brakeman had a deeper understanding of problems that a motorist and her mother were undergoing when he pulled them over for speeding. The small act of kindness did not go unnoticed.

When Deputy Brakeman pulled over a motorist for a minor speeding violation he could tell that she was unhappy for more than being just pulled over. He inquired what the problem was and she told him. 

Her passenger was her mother and they were on the way to an oncologist office and as she spoke about it the operator became a bit more emotional. The mother had been battling cancer and the office visits were draining on both mother and daughter.

The Deputy went back to his patrol car and collected his thoughts as he gave the driver and her ailing mother a few moments to collect their thoughts as well.

When the Deputy returned to the vehicle he didn’t return to the driver’s side of the car with a ticket but rather he returned to the passenger’s side with an offer. He asked the ailing mother of he could offer her a moment of prayer for her health.

The woman gladly accepted the Deputy’s prayer and wishes for her good health and the women went on their way. He returned to his patrol car and never thought much about it until a few days later when something appeared on his departments Facebook page.

The following was written by RaeAnn Kuykendall‎ to Kootenai County ID. Sheriff’s Office

So I made an appointment this morning for my mum at her Cancer doctor. They could fit her in but I had to hustle to get there. Okay no problem….. Until I get pulled over for going 45 in a 35. The officer that pulled me over didn’t give me a ticket but instead went over to my mums side of the car, got down to her level and gave her a beautiful prayer. Needless to say I emotionally lost it but thankful for him pulling me over at that moment and offering his kindness to us. I don’t know the officer’s nam that stopped me but I want to thank him for his blessings and for hope. RaeAnn


Deputy Brakeman was quoted as saying of the incident “I lost my mom to cancer, and I know the feeling, there’s a letter of the law and there’s the spirit of the law. These particular folks, I don’t think they were violating the spirit of the law, they were violating the letter I think they needed some love, and we all do.”


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