A kindhearted deputy from Idaho lifted the spirits of a first-grade boy who was crying, cold and running late for school.
The first grader from Hayden Meadows Elementary in Hayden, Idaho, was not having a good morning.
It was freezing outside, he was late for school and his older brother had left him behind.
The boy cried as he ran toward the school building, clutching his hat in his hand and shivering.
But Hayden Meadows students have a watchful set of eyes on their campus — school resource officer Deputy Doug Goodman.
Goodman, a deputy with the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, noticed the young boy struggling and rushed to his side to help make it better.
Deputy Doug Goodman is the KCSO deputy behind a mom’s heartfelt online post that’s getting lots of good attention.
Yesterday, Deputy Goodman went out of his way to help a boy who was running late to school. pic.twitter.com/klmZeBeROQ
— Taylor Viydo (@KREMTaylor) February 22, 2019
“I noticed that he was pretty disheveled. And he was carrying his hat in one hand, and he was obviously hurrying,” Goodman told KREM-TV.
Goodman hopped out of his patrol vehicle and started with the basics — helping the boy get warm, just like he would do for his own children.
“That stuff kicks in, so I’m zipping his jacket up and getting him all prepared for the weather,” he said.
Goodman pulled the boy’s hood up over his head, helped warm his hands and walked with him the rest of the way to school.
Meanwhile, a mother was watching the event unfold and posted about it on social media, writing that Goodman’s kind actions “absolutely melted my heart on this cold bitter morning.”
“Thank you for always being there for our children,” the mother wrote.
Goodman was encouraged and humbled by the mother’s kind words.
“I was gratified. I’m really flattered that she thought that much of what I did,” he said.
“It’s really nice when you do a job like this because I do invest myself,” Goodman said. “I consider these kids to be like my kids. I keep them safe. Help with anything they need.”
As for the first grader, he is doing just fine, and wholeheartedly approves of Goodman.
“He’s actually pretty great,” the boy said. “He does his job really well.”
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