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Hillsborough County deputy recognized for going above and beyond after traffic stop

Posted at 3:28 PM, Sep 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-18 15:28:37-04

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — Hillsborough County Deputy Travis Wright is being recognized by the department after he went above and beyond for a man he pulled over in May.

It started on May 17, when Wright pulled over a driver he thought might be under the influence. The sheriff's office says Wright could tell the man wasn't impaired, but something was still wrong.

Wright continued to check on the man in the days that followed, before the man confided in the deputy that he had cancer.

"Deputy Wright unselfishly offered to help him in any way possible," the sheriff's office wrote on Facebook.

And, the deputy did just that.

While the man was being treated in the hospital, the deputy was in contact with him every day.

Wright learned the man's home wasn't livable, so he organized a group of volunteers to clean it up. Wright even organized a reunion with the driver and his adult children.

The sheriff's office says the man passed away on July 10.

Deputy Wright was honored with the Community Service Award. The sheriff's office shared the incredible story on their Facebook page.

"Heartwarming," "Wonderful," and "Outstanding" are just a few of the comments left on the post thanking the deputy.