Arlington Fire Department Chief Don Crawson, left, smiles as he talks with retired Dallas Police Chief David Brown, right, as the two and others participate in a first responders appreciation ceremony during an NFL football game between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants on Sunday Sept. 11,  2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)

Arlington Fire Department Chief Don Crawson, left, smiles as he talks with retired Dallas Police Chief David Brown, right, as the two and others participate in a first responders appreciation ceremony during an NFL football game between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants on Sunday Sept. 11, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)

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Dallas Police Chief David Brown won the world over with his anecdote about Stevie Wonder at the funeral for fallen officers of the Dallas ambush several months ago. So when WFAA news reporter Shelly Slater had him sing a tune on Facebook Live this week, that's probably what she was hoping to get.

Instead the chief, who's retiring on Oct. 22 after 33 years of service, opted for local soul singer Leon Bridges. Brown sang a stanza from Bridges' beautiful "River," which is perfect for any a capella opportunity.

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"River" has always been one of the songs near and dear to Bridges. It's a story of hardship, change and redemption, both for the musician personally and struggling communities at large. The 27-year-old used his time on Saturday Night Live to play it, even though it's a gospel ballad. Bridges is coming to the Music Hall at Fair Park this Sunday, Sept. 18 for a sold-out concert. Here's hoping we see Brown there.

Watch the official video for "River" (and try not to cry):

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