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Resident thanks trooper for sympathy

Dear Editor,

I want to publicly express my appreciation for the kindness shown to me by a Georgia State Patrolman following the recent death of my mother. I did not get his name, so hopefully he will read this letter.

My mom died May 19 and was buried May 22 in Soperton, Ga., which is my hometown. A week later, I was driving home and as I turned on Highway 17, I was listening to a gospel music station. The pain of losing my mom was very intense, and I was crying. I did not realize that I was driving over the speed limit. (I should have pulled over until my emotions were under control.)

Anyway, I met the state patrol car and looked in my rear view mirror as the patrolman applied his brakes. It was then that I noticed I was driving over the speed limit. I saw him turn around, and I knew he was turning around to stop me. I pulled over, and he came to the car and asked for the necessary credentials, which I produced. He noticed that I was crying and asked why. When I told him my mother had died, he immediately started to minister to me: he asked if I wanted to talk about my mother, then he ministered more. He was so very comforting and I wish he could know how much he encouraged and comforted me.

After he was finished and drove away - first making sure I was emotionally able to drive. I was calmer and drove the proper speed limit. I thank God for every remembrance of this angel which God placed on Highway 17 just for me.

I want to also thank all the wonderful people in Thomson/McDuffie County for the love they expressed and are still expressing toward me during my loss. With no blood family here, this community has shown me that God's family has no boundaries and McDuffie County is a great place to live.

To God be the Glory

Ella Mae Samuels


Web posted on Thursday, July 09, 2009

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