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MOBILE, Ala. (BIKER DAD) — An Alabama Officer who stood in driving rain to honor WWII vet went viral for his stand-up attitude and commitment.

Officer stood in pouring rain to honor a WWII Vet, Buffalo Soldier: Now the Patriot Guard will honor him
SOURCE: NBC 15 Officer stood in pouring rain to honor a WWII Vet, Buffalo Soldier: Now the Patriot Guard will honor him

The original story by TV station NBC 15 has garnered the Mount Vernon officer nationwide attention. The image of him standing at attention in driving rain went viral.  Officer Newman Brazier of the Mount Vernon Police Department is a veteran himself.

Wednesday it was Brazier’s turn to be honored. And it turns out there’s a reason he had no rain gear and was soaked in his uniform. The Mount Vernon Alabama Police Department is facing a budget crisis and has no chief. The six officers have not only been at times working without pay. They have also gone without important equipment like rain gear.

So, the Patriot Guard riders rolled out to meet up with the Buffalo Soldiers to help. They met Officer Brazier at Saucy-Q BBQ in Mobile. The owner is a veteran too. That’s where they presented Brazier with a Certificate of Appreciation and a Lifetime Membership to the Buffalo Soldiers. But, there was one more thing.

Officer who stood in driving rain to honor WWII vet presented new raincoat

That’s when they pulled out a brand new law enforcement raincoat and draped it over Brazier’s shoulders. You can see video of the presentation in the video box above, or subscribe to the Biker Dad Youtube Channel. And that’s not all. They are collecting donations to buy all five of the other officers in Mount Vernon a raincoat too. Saucy’s BBQ and Bob’s Downtown diner immediately pledged to pay for two of them.

Officer who stood in driving rain to honor WWII vet presented new raincoat
Officer who stood in driving rain to honor WWII vet presented new raincoat

The family of the WWII veteran honored thanked officer Brazier too. They also wanted to point out that the Patriot Guard Riders also put themselves in danger. As a result of the same driving rain, they had risked their own safety to honor the veteran.

As for the global attention the image of him standing in the rain got, Officer Brazier said “it’s an honor for me and for other vets…you see people trying to do all kinds of things to honor this country. But there’s only one way. That’s through respect…it starts with honoring the flag and God.”

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