There are many times in life when we simply have to stop and smell the roses. Or, in this case, stop to play with dolls.
It was Valentine’s Day when a neighborhood in South Hill, Virginia got to really feel the love from local law enforcement. South Hill Police Cpl. C.B. Fleming showed up to Mecklenburg Manor to investigate a potential gas leak that turned out to be a false alarm.
Local mom Iesha Roper Boswell says she mentioned to the cop that the neighborhood kids had a fear of law enforcement agents, so Cpl. Fleming decided to roll up his sleeves and get to work to change their perception of cops. Approaching a group of kids, the officer lay flat down on the pavement and started to play with them.
Iesha quickly snapped a few pictures and a short video of Cpl. Fleming splayed out on the pavement, first coloring with a group of boys and then playing dolls with a few of the girls.
“A false alarm gas leak turned into a full out play session in Mecklenburg Manor today!” Iesha wrote on Facebook. “We definitely need more cops like him!!! Thanks for taking the time out to play with the kids!!”
“I was telling him that my daughter, my niece, and some of the other children here were afraid of cops,” Iesha said. “So when he came and played with them, I captured that moment, not because I thought it would go viral, but it was amazing that my niece didn’t break out into tears.”
Iesha’s video and photos did go viral, and now the world is praising this cop for taking time out of his busy day to bond with his community. For Cpl. Fleming, however, playing with the kids was no big deal. In fact, he had a great time!
“Y’all give me more credit than I deserve but I do appreciate the love,” Cpl. Fleming wrote on Iesha’s Facebook post. “Plus who doesn’t like playing and coloring with kids?!? It’s probably my favorite thing to do. They were so kind to me and I’m so thankful they allowed me to play with them today.”
While everyone praises Cpl. Fleming for his actions that day, he says it was not only his pleasure but he also loves finding ways to use his position to bring joy to the world.
“When I got into this job, I knew there was something different, other than just writing tickets and being the bad person all the time. I figured if I could be that bright spot in someone’s day, then that’s all that mattered.”
“He’s awesome. That’s the only word you can really use to describe C.B.,” Iesha said. “It’s just amazing, the bond he has with the children.”
What a great cop! You’re simply never too old to play with some Barbie dolls or do a little coloring, and it made such a difference in these kids’ lives. Way to go, officer.
Watch Cpl. C.B. Fleming playing with the kids in Iesha’s video below, and be sure to share.
Posted by Iesha Roper Boswell on Thursday, February 14, 2019
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