As the MP was in the rain during the funeral, a good Samaritan took care to dry


In the photo on Saturday, Jefferson County Sheriff Deputy Tiffany Dial stands in the rain greeting, as a man stands behind her holding an umbrella over her.

Meghan Blankenship saw the interaction and said the man was there over 30 minutes.

"He brought tears to my eyes," said Blackenship, [for him] "to show that much respect and love for another person."

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Dial said the man did not say a word to him, and when he turned, he left.

"I did not know it was there and my regional vision was cut off with my hat, so I did not know anything was there, I was in my moment," Dial told CNN's WBMA affiliate.
The photo drew the attention of many people online and led WBMA publishing a call to Facebook looking for mystery man.

It's Shawn Allen, Deputy Prosecutor at Jefferson County Attorney's Office. He was at work on Saturday and was watching online for updates on the site of the procession.

"When I went to work from my building, I wanted to go out and pay my respects," Allen said.

Out, he saw Dial and did a "nice thing".

"It was raining and I had an umbrella and it did not," said Allen. "It was a nice thing I did."

But for Dial, that meant more.

"This meant a lot, in ways you can not even put words in," Dial told the WBMA. "It was not just to keep the rain away from me for this little piece, that meant much more than that."
Carter, 44, from Birmingham, was shot and killed on January 13 while investigating a call for vehicle burglaries. Carter was from the Birmingham Police Department since 2011 and was promoted to sergeant in February 2018, police said. He lives with his wife and two children.