Our men and women in blue lay their lives on the line every day to keep peace and order in the USA and abroad. Those in authority are held under the highest scrutiny, so when we find a story highlighting their best and bravest we’re compelled to share it with you.
Noah Smiling had just received some pocket money for his ninth birthday when he spotted a police officer at Denny’s in Lakeland, Florida. He was out of school with mom, Amanda Cantin, for ‘bring your child to work day’ and immediately tugged on her sleeve and asked to pay for the officer’s lunch.
Amanda helped her son scrawl a simple, heartfelt note to the officer on the receipt that said, “I want to be you when I grow up. Thank you for your service.”
The note and kind gesture nearly brought Officer Eddie Benitez to tears.
“It meant everything,” he said. “It meant that I’m supposed to wake up every morning and put on his uniform and go out there and do what I do. You know? It means that I need to keep trying to be a good example to all these young guys.”
Officer Benitez asked Noah for a picture together before they parted ways.
The look on both of their faces sums up the heart of this story perfectly. If we all chose to recognize the inherent value in our brothers and sisters, this world would change in a heartbeat.
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