Man shields Alabama deputy with umbrella during rainy funeral procession

An unidentified man held an umbrella over the head of an Alabama deputy during a funeral procession Saturday.

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An unidentified man held an umbrella over the head of an Alabama deputy during a funeral procession Saturday.

A man kept an Alabama sheriff's deputy shielded from pouring rain during a funeral procession for a fallen comrade Saturday, holding an umbrella for 30 minutes while she saluted, ABC33/40 reported.

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A bystander snapped a photo of the man who held the umbrella over Deputy Tiffany Dial during the procession for Birmingham Police Sgt. Wytasha Carter, who was shot and killed during his shift Jan. 12.

Dial said she was unaware she was being shielded and the man remained silent. He was gone by the time Dial turned around.

"I didn't know he was there. My peripheral vision was cut off with my hat, so I didn't know anything was there. I was in my moment," Dial told ABC33/40. "It meant a lot, in ways you can't even put into words. It wasn't just about keeping the rain off of me for that little bit, it meant a lot more than that."

Dial said she would like to thank the man to his face for his kindness.

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