A touching photo of a police officer caring for a young child has gone viral. Officer David Taylor never expected that simply doing his job would lead to a social media frenzy, but his big heart has captured the hearts of many.
Taylor was working the Rice Festival in Crowley, Louisiana when a woman led a young boy over to the police officer saying the child was lost. The big crowd at the Rice Festival proved to be overwhelming for the child and he got separated from his mother. Anyone who has ever lost track of their parent in a huge crowd in a big place knows how terrifying the experience can be. Luckily, the child was met by Officer Taylor who placed the child on his shoulders to help him find his mom.
“He was extremely upset…I put him on my shoulders to see if he would be able to see his parents,” said Officer Taylor. “He started to fall asleep, and I moved him down to my chest.”
The boy and his mother were reunited half and hour later after Taylor comforted him in his distress. Although the picture of Taylor and the boy has been “liked” more than 5,000 times on Facebook, he says he wasn’t looking for media attention at all — he was only doing his job.
“What I was doing is nothing different from the rest of our law enforcement colleagues. The only difference is that someone took a photo of me,” Taylor said.
In a tense time between citizens and law enforcement in America, Taylor hopes that the picture will spread hope.
“If it shines a true light on what police officers do and can do, then [this attention] is a good thing,” Taylor said.
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