Story about fallen Trooper Hopkins helping woman stuck on highway goes viral

"During this event he smiled the entire time and talked about his newborn twins and being a doting husband. He was excited about seeing his babies grow."

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August 28, 2019 - 5:13 pm
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(KMOX) - A more than 4-year-old story about a recently killed Illinois State Police trooper is going viral on Facebook, Wednesday. A woman shared photos of the day she was helped by Trooper Nick Hopkins and says "his kindness will forever live within my heart," after reading that he was killed in the line of duty, last Friday.

Related: Funeral arrangements set for fallen Illinois trooper Nick Hopkins

Cynthia Stanley said in the Facebook post, that on Aug. 5, 2015, she was stuck on the side of the road and needed help. She took a selfie with Hopkins and posted photos of him adding gas in her car. 

"He helped me by taking me to the gas station. During this event he smiled the entire time and talked about his newborn twins and being a doting husband. He was excited about seeing his babies grow and being a husband to his wife," the Facebook post stated. 

Here is the full post on Facebook, which has been shared more than 5,000 times since it was posted Wednesday afternoon: 

Hopkins' was gunned down Friday while serving a search warrant. Two suspects have been charged.

Waterloo will pay tribute to Hopkins Thursday night, Aug. 29, with a candlelight vigil at the field where he played football for the Bulldogs prior to graduating in 2004.

The gathering will take place at 8 p.m. at the old high school football field at Hamacher and Rogers Streets. Those attending the event are being asked to bring their own candles and lighters.

A visitation will be held from 3-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at Waterloo High School, with a first responder and military walkthrough beginning at 6 p.m. His funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, also at the high school.

Hopkins leaves behind his wife, Whitney, and three young children.

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