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May 4th 2010 I was pulled over for excessive speed by Trooper R.G. Imel on west bound I-75 outside of Miami. Trooper Imel did ask what was the purpose of my hurry and I told him my cousin (whose vehicle I was driving) and nephew and I were wanting to return to the residence of my cousin in Zephyrhills where we had left that morning. I did not tell him we had just come from Baptist Hospital in Miami where my brother lay dying, however my cousin sitting in the back seat did make the fact know to Trooper Imel. However, Trooper Imel did not know that I was out of work, that the travel to Miami was a financial strain on my family and if issued a ticket how we would have suffered a monetary belt to the gut. No question about whether or not I earned the ticket, I did. Trooper Imel wrote an official warning and allowed us to travel on.

I have no way of knowing what sense of compassion, professionalism or "gut feeling" compelled Trooper Imel to not issue a citation, but the feeling of gratitude that arose from that moment has stayed with me and I felt like his acute sense of awareness should be regarded. My heart was breaking that day, it was the last time I saw my brother Timothy alive. Thank you & God Bless you Trooper Imel and God Bless the Florida Highway Patrol


James Shoun

Knoxville, TN


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