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Slocomb Police surprise widow to watch University of Alabama football with her

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Jan. 2, 2020 at 5:36 PM CST
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A Slocomb widow couldn't stand the thought of watching the Citrus Bowl without her recently deceased husband.

Then, she got a surprise visitor.

"He loved Alabama,” said Alabama Football Fan Candi James. “Even when he was in the hospital and it was on, he had to watch it."

Candi James and her husband Timothy never missed an Alabama football game.

Since Timothy passed unexpectedly in November, watching the games without him has been one of the hardest parts of the grieving process.

"I was crying,” said James. “This whole holiday has been very emotional because this was his first holiday being gone."

Candi posted about it on Facebook, and just a few minutes later, got a knock on the door...by the Slocomb Police.

"When they pulled up, well, knocked on my door, I thought I did something wrong or something happened, and they said, 'Well, we just come to watch the game Ms. Candi,’ that meant all the world to me,” said James.

Officer Daisy Palmer and her partner had a break while on patrol and decided to pay Candi a visit.

"Now more than ever, community policing is very important, and it's good for the citizens to know that we're here to enforce the law, but we're also here to serve the community,” said Palmer.

Like the memory of her husband, that 'community policing' is something Candi James will never forget.

"By them sitting here and we were talking about the game, it was a blessing to me,” said James. “It really helped my whole entire day."

Officer Daisy Palmer and Candi have already made plans to watch the National Championship together in a few weeks.