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Officer Attends Daddy-Daughter Dance with Girl He Met at 'Shop with a Hero' Event

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A father and his daughter share a unique bond. I’ve seen it with my own little girl, and I’m sure plenty of women remember their connection with their dad.

Honestly, I don’t know how to describe it. But when my 6-year-old wraps my 6-foot-tall frame in a surprisingly strong bear hug for no reason at all, I understand it.

Sadly, not every young woman is able to experience this connection due to circumstances ranging from an untimely death to divorce.

Thoughtful first responders have often stepped in to fill that void. Yahoo! Lifestyle reported that firefighters and police officers in Salt Lake City, Utah, attended a school daddy-daughter dance in Feb. 2018.

The young women particularly enjoyed watching a hula-hoop contest between the first responders and the fathers.

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Sgt. Darren Carr said, “When I came walking in here, I saw these little girls and it reminded me of when I took my little girls.

“We didn’t want anyone feeling left out. Sometimes we see these kids in less-than-desirable circumstances, unfortunately, so it’s nice to have a better, more fun interaction.”

KFVS-TV reported that officers from the Paducah Police Department did something similar in Nov. 2018. A number of young women at Morgan Elementary in Paducah, Kentucky, didn’t have fathers to escort them to their father-daughter dance.

Would you step up and take a young girl to a dance if her dad wasn't around?

So the officers did more than merely show up to dance. They brought corsages, let their young charges ride in a police car and treated them to dinner.

A more recent story out of Lake Orion, Michigan, has a personal touch to it. According to WXYZ-TV, Lake Orion Police Department Officer Larry Jones participated in a community outreach event in December.

Known as Shop with a Hero, it paired police officers with young children. And the child that Jones met was a girl named Evalyse.

Well, to say Evalyse was smitten is understating things quite a bit.

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She told Jones that she didn’t have a date to go to her school’s daddy-daughter dance, and asked if he would be willing to take her.

In a Facebook post, the Lake Orion Police Department said, “Jones approached her mom who loved the idea of him taking her to the dance.

“Evalyse danced the night away with a real hero, who took the time to make a young girl feel special and put community policing into action. We’re pretty sure they had an amazing time at her first ever Daddy Daughter Dance.

“Thank you for your huge heart Ofc. Jones. You make us proud.”

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A graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in literature, Loren also adores language. He has served as assistant editor for Plugged In magazine and copy editor for Wildlife Photographic magazine.
A graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in literature, Loren also adores language. He has served as assistant editor for Plugged In magazine and copy editor for Wildlife Photographic magazine. Most days find him crafting copy for corporate and small-business clients, but he also occasionally indulges in creative writing. His short fiction has appeared in a number of anthologies and magazines. Loren currently lives in south Florida with his wife and three children.
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