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Deputy arms himself, others with Bible

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Deputy Matt Holman gave personal bible to homeless man. (FOX Carolina/ Feb. 23, 2016) Deputy Matt Holman gave personal bible to homeless man. (FOX Carolina/ Feb. 23, 2016)

Greenville County sheriff's deputy Matt Holman starts his day with Scripture and prayer and keeps extra Bibles in his trunk. 

"As a deputy sheriff, sometimes you have to give them that hope and that hope is Jesus," he said.

Armed with a gun and handcuffs, Holman also arms himself with what he believes is the most powerful weapon - a Bible.

And while out on patrol, on a crime call off Old Buncombe Road, he saw Robert Morris.

"He was not the person I was looking for so this was just a casual encounter," Holman said.

He said Morris told him he was homeless, depressed and lost his parents and a sister. He also told Holman he picked up a habit and found drugs and alcohol.

"I tried to get him a shelter, they were all full - I knew I was going to buy him some food when he told me that he was hungry," Holman said.

And after a meal, and a conversation about Christianity, Morris was filled with hope.

"If you're still breathing, God is not done with you," Holman said.

And several months later, Morris picked up a phone and called 911.

"My name is Robert Morris and I was stopped by a deputy," he told a dispatcher.

He wanted to tell the dispatcher about meeting Holman. 

"At that time in my life I was really messed up on drugs and alcohol," he said. "We sat down and had a long talk and he was one of the nicest people I've ever met in my whole life," Morris told the dispatcher.

Holman couldn't find those extra bibles he kept in the trunk, but saw his personal bible. Morris described the night to the dispatcher.

"He opened the trunk back up and he gave me his personal bible," he said."That man's a hero and he saved my life."

However, Holman said Morris needed the bible more than he did.

"I was really attached to this bible," Holman said. "But I would tell deputies, if they're believers, be confident that if you feel like the presence of God is with you and telling you to speak with someone you should do it, be a witness, be obedient."

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