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Unexpected reunion: Woman thanks police officer for 'life-saving' traffic stop

The woman said he saved her life that night and inspired her to turn her life around.

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Four years ago, a police officer in Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania, pulled over a woman who was drinking and driving.

The woman said he saved her life that night and inspired her to turn her life around. Since then, she has been writing him letters and was finally able to thank him in person on Thursday.

"It's impacted my every single day," Sheila Coquet said. "Moving forward from that night, it's a memory I will never forget but one I've been able to build a new life on."

Coquet called the traffic stop "her surrender moment," when she acknowledged she had a problem with alcohol.

"You showed me the most amazing compassion and dignity in my disheveled state," Coquet told Det. Pat O'Brien.

O'Brien said he kept the thank-you letters Coquet sent him every year, along with her sobriety coins. This year, he responded and enclosed his own prized possession: a police patch.

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