Sheriff’s deputy Tiffany Dial captured the attention of many across the world when she decided to stand in the rain to salute the casket of fallen officer Sgt. Wytasha Carter. Sgt.
Carter was gunned down on duty while investigating a car burglary in Birmingham, Alabama, and his casket was being taken through the city on its way to his final resting place.
As it was, Tiffany Dial stood vigil despite the pouring rain,
and was photographed in the process of paying her last respects to the departed
What’s more, headlines were made after a stranger held his umbrella over her
head to shelter her from the rain. She added that she was representing her
shift, and was the only one available to come out for the procession.
Speaking to CBS News,
Dial said, “It was a tough day for everyone here in Birmingham and Alabama and
Jefferson County. It was a tough day.”
“I was representing everybody,” she added.
While the sheriff stood there in the rain, saluting her fallen brethren, a stranger by
the name Shawn Allen stood behind her holding an umbrella for her for 45
minutes all the while not muttering a single word.
“I didn’t want her to get wet while I stood there dry,” he
Allen works as a deputy district attorney. Two days after his selfless act
of kindness was caught on camera, Allen and Dial finally met. Allen was pleased
to have been of help, but he quickly made it clear that he did not want that to
overshadow why him and Dial were there in the first place.
He said, “My intention was never to get attention. My intention was to pay my respects to Sgt. Carter and to help this deputy who paid her respects to Sgt. Carter.”