Monroe County deputy pays it forward

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A Monroe County deputy learned the woman in front of him at a drive-through covered his breakfast bill Tuesday morning. But he couldn't let it slide without a big thank you.

“Whoever pulls up behind me, just pay for his breakfast," Angel Brooks told the drive-through worker. "We've been so blessed with people helping us out."

“Being in a small town, I started asking around and found out who she was,” said Deputy Cody Yates of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

Yates found Brooks on Facebook. He also found out her husband, Jeff, is battling terminal pancreatic cancer and her daughter Megan has cerebral palsy.

“It made me realize that about everybody that you come in contact with is worrying about all the small things in life,” Yates said. “That really don't hold a candle to what some people are dealing with."

He turned to his fellow deputies and collected $520 for the Brooks within the hour.

"It's very overwhelming. I got teary eyed. I'm not going to lie,” said Jeff Brooks.

“I broke down. I cried. I'm a big man but I've got a big heart,” Yates said.

“It really has touched me,” Angel Brooks said.

Yates has even gotten some area churches involved and they will start collecting donations.

The three of them have even formed a friendship. Yates is planning to take Brooks fishing next week.