The men and women who serve in our local police departments often get a bad rap. They’re the ones who give us those pesky speeding tickets, after all.
But there’s so much more to law enforcement than meets the eye. The same officer who pulled you over could also be the one pulling you out of the car in the case of a wreck.
That man or woman in blue is a person too. They’re moms, dads, grandparents, sons and daughters. They have families and lives, but most of their hours are not spent at home.
They work graveyard shifts and skip meals and burn that midnight oil to keep us protected within our communities.
They live for others, many times sacrificing their own lives. They are the under-recognized heroes in our backyards.
While National Police Week doesn’t come around until May, now is still as good a time as any to thank those who work tirelessly to keep citizens like you and me safe.
A kind card, a free cup of coffee, a word of encouragement, or even a plain old pat on the back can go a long way.
One little boy from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, took it upon himself to make sure an officer knew just how much he appreciated him.
According to a Facebook post shared by East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Dawson was eating out with his family.
Dawson was in uniform, minding his own business, when Levi walked up to him. “This young man came up to me, thanking me for my service and gave me his card saying thank you for my service with chocolate covered pretzels,” Dawson shared with the department.
“What a wonderful feeling it was for this man to show his appreciation,” he continued. The sheriff’s office also called Levi a “future police officer,” indicating that this young man has goals.
No doubt Levi’s family is proud of him for his desire to show kindness to Deputy Dawson. The boy appears to be young, maybe 7 or 8, but he’s already more mature than many adults.
Well done, Levi. Hopefully we can all thank you for your service one day. Until then, keep being kind. You’re inspiring so many to do the same.
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