Video: Deputy lends ear to emotional motorcyclist during traffic stop

"You’re the first person I actually talked to, to be honest,” the rider said

By Suzie Ziegler 

TAMPA, Fla. — A Florida deputy made a big impact on one man’s life last weekend – simply by lending an ear. 

It began as a traffic stop for illegal exhaust emissions but quickly turned into something much more. 

“Hey, how’s it going?” says Deputy Rizer in a video posted by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday. Immediately, the motorcyclist appears to break down. 

“I had a horrible week,” the man says. "I saw my friend die in front of me." 

“It’s alright. Take your helmet off. We’ll talk about it,” the deputy says. “I’m glad I stopped you if you’re emotional like that.” 

The deputy continues, "When you get a chance to talk to people, you know, that can help you, it really can, because I don’t want to see anybody to die on a motorcycle."

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“You’re the first person I actually talked to, to be honest,” the man responds. 

“It’s not all about tickets and arresting people and dumb stuff like that,” the deputy says. “It’s emotional.” 

The deputy let the motorcyclist off with a warning and gave the rider his personal phone number.

Rizer Traffic Stop

GOOD NEWS SUNDAY is a MUST READ this week ⬇️ "You're the first person I can actually talk to." While doing proactive patrol for the FDOT Triple L: Listen, Learn and Live Motorcycle Education and Safety Grant, Master Deputy Rizer initiated a traffic stop for an illegal exhaust on a motorcycle. The stop quickly turned into something much more. When Deputy Rizer asked him how he was doing, the rider immediately broke down. The rider explained he just lost a friend in a tragic crash. Deputy Rizer talked for to him for a while to calm him, letting him know not only is it okay to ask for help, but it's important to! "That's a warning for the exhaust," Deputy Rizer said. "And that's my personal cell phone number if you ever need to talk." 👈 This traffic stop is just one example of the positive impact Deputy Rizer strives to make every day in our community. Not only is #teamHCSO lucky to have him, but we are confident when we say #HillsboroughCounty is lucky as well. If you are in crisis, text 741741. The Crisis Text Line is available 24/7 and will connect you with a Crisis Counselor for free. For more free and confidential support, call 1-800-273-8255 if you are in crisis and need to talk to someone. Don't be afraid to ASK FOR HELP or TALK ABOUT IT. ❤️ #BodyCam #MustRead #HCSOmotor #DeputyRizer #FDOT #TripleL #SheriffChadChronister #GoodNewsSunday #HCSOgns #HappySunday #EducatingMotorcyclists #Riders #Crisis #AskForHelp #TalkAboutIt #CrisisTextLine

Posted by Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office on Sunday, April 18, 2021


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