An Idaho police officer performed a small act of kindness for a family going through a difficult time.
Kootenai County Sheriff's Deputy Matthew Brakeman was conducting a routine traffic stop in Hayden, Idaho, for a vehicle that had been traveling 10 miles over the speed limit.
"Driver was not very happy to be stopped," Brakeman told KREM. "So I spoke to her for a moment."
He learned that the driver, RaeAnn Kuykendall, was in the middle of driving her mother to an important doctor’s appointment.
"I asked where they were headed," he said. "And she said to the oncologist. She then started to become a little bit emotional."
Instead of giving the family a ticket, Brakeman walked over to Kuykendall’s mother and asked for permission to pray for her.
"She said, ‘Absolutely,'" he recalled. "So then we prayed and told them to have a good day and went back to my car."
Kuykendall wrote a message on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page on March 30 to thank the officer who made her day a little easier.
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 [name] that stopped me but I want to thank him for his blessings and for hope.”
Brakeman told KREM that his mother had died of cancer. He felt the family needed a bit of compassion more than a traffic citation.
"I know the feeling," he said. "Because there's the letter of the law and there's the spirit of the law. And, these particular folks, I don't think they were violating the spirit of the law though they were violating the letter. I think they needed some love, and we all do."
According to a recent Facebook post, Kuykendall lost her mother to cancer within a couple weeks after the compassionate traffic stop.