Kindness can sometimes go unnoticed, but on Saturday, a Montana Highway Patrol trooper's work received praise from the public thanks to a note of gratitude from a mother.
MHP's Facebook page posted the letter from a woman regarding an experience with Trooper Charles Burton during a traffic stop and it's worth reading.
"We moved to Montana in July of last year. We have not had any interaction with the Highway Patrol until this morning, when we were pulled over by Trooper Burton.
My 15 year old daughter was driving for the first time. She was issued her learners permit this week at school and we allowed her to drive into town today. She exited the highway at Reserve Street in Missoula, and as she did we saw lights in the back window. I instructed her to pull off to the side and stop. When she realized we were being pulled over by an officer, she immediately began to cry. She was so nervous she couldn't even figure out how to roll down the window!
Officer Burton could see she was upset, and asked her if she was on a learner's permit. She nodded and kept crying. He immediately asked her if she was okay, and reassured her that she didn't do anything wrong. He explained that he pulled us over because we don't have a license plate on the front of our jeep. The plate was under the back seat, a project I meant to get to and just had not completed.
I'm writing to your organization because I want to convey how grateful we are that this was our first, and our daughter's first, experience with law enforcement in the State of Montana. Trooper Burton was so kind to our daughter. He explained things clearly and continued to reassure her until she stopped crying. He joked with her and when we were done, she was smiling.
Please let Officer Burton's supervisor know he is an asset to your organization and an excellent example of the quality of law enforcement we would hope to have in our community.
Officer Burton, it was a blessing to spend a few minutes with you this morning. Thank you."
"Thank you for being an excellent representative of MHP's core values of service, integrity and respect, Trooper Burton," the MHP stated.