The tears flowed as Randy Travis gave a deserving police officer the surprise of his life NBC DFW video screenshot

God knows that Randy Travis has been through his share of struggles through the years –- struggles that could have kept a lesser man down.

So he knows first hand what it feels like to feel helpless.

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It’s a feeling Gainesville, Texas police officer Keith Bartlett knows all too well as of late. Just weeks ago, him and his family lost their home in a devastating fire. And he didn’t just lose pictures and memories in the inferno, but he also lost his prized guitar.

And when Randy got word of this, he knew he had to do something.

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So on Christmas afternoon, Randy and his wife, Mary, headed to the Gainesville police station with the coolest holiday surprise. The two men had briefly met one another a few times before, as Keith responded to a theft at the Travis home a few years back. And inside, Randy instinctively knew what he could do to make Keith feel better.

He gave him a brand-new guitar.

“I just know how important music is and what therapy it is, especially at a time like this,” Mary told a Dallas-Fort Worth television station.

“Surprised isn’t even the word for it,” Keith said with tears in his eyes. “These are amazing people.”

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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