A routine traffic stop turns into an unforgettable moment for this family


  • Ashlye V. Wilkerson was driving her dad home when they were pulled over by a state trooper.
  • The trooper issues a ticket to Wilkerson and prayed for her dad who had just finished a round of chemotherapy sessions.
  • Wilkerson’s dad passed away two months later.

Many people’s trust in humanity has been restored thanks to a snapshot taken during a traffic stop in North Carolina.

Ashlye V. Wilkerson, 39, was taking her father, Anthony “Tony” Geddis, back to his Columbia, South Carolina, home after a round of chemotherapy treatments at Duke University Medical Center.

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“We heard a siren and saw a blue light coming behind us. I immediately looked down and to the sign on my right to see what speed I was doing and the speed limit. I then realized that the speed limit changed from what I was previously going by,” she said.

By the time the trooper reached them, her father had already rolled down the window.

Trooper Jaret Doty introduced himself and asked for going Wilkerson’s license and registration.

Her father, as usual, was eager to defend his daughter.

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“This is my baby girl,” he told Doty. “She’s driving me home from a chemo treatment at the cancer center at Duke.”

Doty went back to his patrol cruiser to look over Wilkerson’s papers. He knew he couldn’t give Wilkerson a ticket for speeding, but he pondered if there was anything else he could do.

Doty walked back to Wilkerson’s car and asked if he can pray for Geddis.

Geddis replied: “Of course. I absolutely believe in prayer.” 

Doty said a prayer for Geddis. He handed Wilkerson a ticket and stated that he would keep praying for their family.

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Wilkerson’s father died two months later, at the age of 61.

On LinkedIn, she wrote a tribute to her father as if she were speaking directly to him. She uploaded a snapshot of the traffic stop even though she didn’t know the state trooper’s name.

“You didn’t know I captured this picture in the moment but I did it so it could continue to remind me of two things:

1- You always protected me even through your final days; and

2- You were a fighter, firm believer in Christ, and a praying warrior.

I’m so grateful for your love, guidance, and example. Heartfelt thanks to this officer who prayed for and with you that day.”

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Wilkerson has more than just a photograph to prove it. Doty placed a little silver cross in the hand of her father during the prayer. It was on her father’s dresser until his death.

She always referred to herself as a “Daddy’s girl,” even though she is married and has children.

“My father was my favorite person in the world,” Wilkerson said.

Source: Sunny Skyz


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Sorry for your father’s passing, that officer must have brought the cross from his patrol car just on the possibility he could offer it. Thanks for relating it to us.

Such a great story to start my week. The major news outlets would never cover this one because it talks about a trooper in a positive and uplifting way.

Proof that there truly are good and caring people among us.

Quote #1 “He knew he couldn’t give Wilkerson a ticket for speeding,”
Quote #2 “He handed Wilkerson a ticket and stated that he would keep praying”

This story is complete fabrication I aint buying this for a second! A total lie right there in the story itself. He gave them a ticket anyways???

He did not say speeding ticket. It could have been a warning ticket. You jumped to conclusions.

WHY DID IT GIVE THEM A TICKET ANYWAY? THAT FLATFOOT SHOULD HAVE JUST RIPPED UP THAT TICKET FOR THEM!

WOULD HAVE FELT BETTER IF SHE HADN’T GOT THE TICKET……

It’s always so nice to hear a story that lifts the spirit in people, especially since it’s mostly bad news that gets our attention.

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