Lo­cal Golden-Rule en­force­ment

Rappahannock News - - COMMENT. -

Iwanted to share with you what hap­pened to us when we drove through your home county of Rap­pa­han­nock re­cently. A friend of mine and I were on our way to spend a long week­end at Yogi Bear’s Jelly­stone camp­ground in Lu­ray with my two youngest grand­chil­dren. Ap­par­ently we did not re­al­ize that we had ex­ceeded the speed limit un­til we saw the flash­ing lights of Deputy [Shawn] Wal­ters’ cruiser in our mir­ror.

While we do not have a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence with law of­fi­cers, I have al­ways found them to be pro­fes­sional and po­lite. How­ever, Deputy Wal­ters far ex­ceeded this. He was friendly, out­go­ing and spoke kindly to the chil­dren. He ex­plained the ticket to us very thor­oughly — and, in the end, pre­sented my grand­son and grand­daugh­ter with home­made gifts that his mom makes for him to keep in his cruiser.

The kids were re­ally sur­prised and could not wait to tell their dad about the ex­pe­ri­ence. My grand­son said he was go­ing to tell ev­ery­one they should get their speed­ing tickets in Rap­pa­han­nock County. What a great way for to­day’s chil­dren to see that po­lice are peo­ple, too. What a won­der­ful place it must be to live in.

Thank you for let­ting me share this with you,

BRENDA BRADEN

Spot­syl­va­nia

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