BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBMA) - During fallen Birmingham Police Sergeant Wytasha Carter’s procession Saturday, someone snapped a picture of a special moment.
In the photo, two complete strangers can be seen showing the ultimate respect.
One is a sheriff’s deputy; the other is a civilian.
The story goes, Deputy Tiffany Dial stood drenched, saluting in the pouring rain during Sgt. Carter’s procession.
The man pictured with her, came up behind her and without her knowing it, held his umbrella over her for more than 30 minutes.
“I didn’t know he was there. My peripheral vision was cut off with my hat, so I didn’t know anything was there. I was in my moment,” said Deputy Dial.
The man never said a word, and the deputy didn’t get the chance to either. By the time she turned around, he was gone. Today, she wishes she had that chance.
“It meant a lot, in ways you can’t even put into words. It wasn’t just about keeping the rain off of me for that little bit, it meant a lot more than that,” said Dial.
It meant she wasn’t alone, in a time when law enforcement members need their communities' support the most.
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Deputy Dial would like to thank the man properly to his face.
Deputy Dial would like to make the public aware of a t-shirt fundraiser benefiting Sgt Wytasha Carter's family.