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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (BIKER DAD) – A biker in Florida probably didn’t expect a traffic stop to turn into this emotional, heart-warming moment. The deputy who stopped him probably didn’t either. What happened next shows what just a little bit of patience, compassion and understanding can mean.

Most times, I wouldn’t just copy and paste what law enforcement posts to social media or a press release. But, in this case I don’ think I can say it any better. Here it is unedited:

“GOOD NEWS SUNDAY is a MUST READ this week ⬇️ “You’re the first person I can actually talk to.” While doing proactive patrol for the FDOT Triple L: Listen, Learn and Live Motorcycle Education and Safety Grant, Master Deputy Rizer initiated a traffic stop for an illegal exhaust on a motorcycle. The stop quickly turned into something much more. When Deputy Rizer asked him how he was doing, the rider immediately broke down. The rider explained he just lost a friend in a tragic crash.

Deputy Rizer talked for to him for a while to calm him, letting him know not only is it okay to ask for help, but it’s important to! “That’s a warning for the exhaust,” Deputy Rizer said. “And that’s my personal cell phone number if you ever need to talk.” 👈This traffic stop is just one example of the positive impact Deputy Rizer strives to make every day in our community. Not only is #teamHCSO lucky to have him, but we are confident when we say #HillsboroughCounty is lucky as well. If you are in crisis, text 741741. The Crisis Text Line is available 24/7 and will connect you with a Crisis Counselor for free. For more free and confidential support, call 1-800-273-8255 if you are in crisis and need to talk to someone. Don’t be afraid to ASK FOR HELP or TALK ABOUT IT. ❤️

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