Illinois officer’s letter to a grieving woman goes viral

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BELLEVILLE, IL – An act of kindness from a St. Clair County police officer has gone viral.

According to KTVI, Gina Headen says she was pulled over for speeding. The police officer let her go with a warning. She broke down crying because her father recently passed away. The officer returned to her vehicle to console her. Headen says the officer sent a touching letter to her a week later.

Headen posted this message with pictures of the card to Facebook:

Last week I was pulled over for going 65 in a 55. The officer took my license and registration. While I sat and waited I was reminiscing about my dad like always lately. The officer returned to my car and said its your lucky day, we were born on the same day and year, slow down and have a good day. I smiled and said thank you.

He walked away and I broke down and started crying. Thinking he was back in his car. He surprised me and tapped on my window asking if I was ok. I told him I was sad, I just lost my dad. He said take a minute and breath. He talked to me a minute then helped me back into traffic. Today I received this beautiful card in the mail.

Thank you Deputy Dan Hill #227 of St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department

The letter reads:

Mrs. Headen,

My Condolence on the loss of your father. I’m sure he was a great man who loved his family. I pray that your tear of sadness becomes tears of joy in remembering his legacy.

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes and death shall be no more. Neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

Revelation 21:4

Deputy Dan Hill #227
St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department