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Special to the News-Times

COLDSPRING — While on routine patrol, Deputy Eric Chimney noticed a vehicle exceeding the posted speed limit, and then pulled the vehicle over to investigate. 

Chimney was confronted with a senior lady who was in apparent distress.

After listening intently to the lady’s emotional explanation of her being diagnosed with cancer, Chimney said he could relate to that due to his own personal experience with a loved one with a similar diagnosis. 

Chimney said he asked the lady if she would be comfortable if he could pray with her, and the woman tearfully accepted the compassionate offer. 

During a commendation award ceremony at the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Greg Capers made a comment that the county is fortunate to have this fine deputy patrolling the county. 

“I tell my deputies there’s more to a traffic stop then issuing citations,” he said.

Chimney is no stranger to serving the public. He retired from the Houston Police Department in 2017 after 34 years of service. During those 34 years, he was the recipient of many local and national awards from the Houston Police Department, the Houston Police Chiefs and the FBI.

The lady was not issued a citation, Chimney said.

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