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Deputy learns woman he pulled over just lost father, amazes her with acts of kindness

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ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Ill. — A deputy who pulled a woman over for speeding amazed her with his acts of kindness after he learned her father had recently died.

Earlier this month, St. Clair County deputy Dan Hill pulled over Gina Headen when he observed her going 65 mph in a 55 mph zone.

Hill gave her a warning ticket but noticed as he was walking back to his patrol car that Headen was crying, so he turned around and tapped on her window.

“He asked me if I was doing OK,” Headen recalled the moment to KMOV.

“She said, ‘My father just passed,'” Hill remembered.

“He said, ‘Take a deep breath, your dad must have been a good man to have someone who loved him and cared for him so much,’ then talked to me for a few minutes,” Headen said.

Headen was touched by the deputy’s sympathy during the traffic stop, but it didn’t end there. A short time later, Hill mailed her a condolence card.

In a Facebook post on Dec. 10, Headen shared his acts kindness. The post has since been shared more than 24,000 times.

“I just thought people need to know good police officers out there who care for their community,” Headen told KMOV.

Hill said he and his co-workers do these types of things on a daily basis, just usually without the attention.