Lately, with all the brutal attacks on both our police officers and our military, it seems as if a uniform has become a big fat target. I often wonder how some of these brave men and women continue to get up each day and do what they do in such an environment.
In addition to the physical violence they’ve endured, police officers in particular have also been victims of attacks on their character as a whole. Somehow, the same people who argue — and rightfully so — that we mustn’t condemn an entire group based on the actions of one or a few individuals, paint our nation’s police force with a broad brush. And while focusing on a handful of controversial situations, many have lost sight of the good that our men and women in blue do every day.
So it’s refreshing to see what one nine-year-old is doing to recognize police officers in his local community. As reported by The Fox Insider:
A 9-year-old Louisiana boy found a special way to show his respect for law enforcement.
Jayden Witsell has made it his mission to hand out letters to officers one-by-one, along with a St. Michael coin for protection.Jayden and an officer whose life he touched, Joe McMahan, appeared on “Fox and Friends Weekend” today. “People don’t really care about police officers, and I want to have more respect for them,” Jayden explained. “When I heard about those two Hattiesburg officers getting shot, that’s when I started.”
McMahan, who works for the Slidell Police Department, revealed that he was driving one day when Jayden’s mother actually pulled him over.
“I see her flashing her brights, and I’m thinking it’s a citizen wanting directions or something,” McMahan said. “So I pulled over. And at that time, that’s when Jayden got out of the car and asked if he could give me something.”
McMahan revealed that Jayden handed him an envelope that said “Police lives matter.” Inside, it contained a touching message and a St. Michael coin.
“When I saw it, I knew what it was,” McMahan said. “With all the negativity that’s been going on with law enforcement, it’s just nice to know that somebody is still thinking positively about us, and they still look up to us.”
“It really made me remember why I became a police officer.”
McMahan was so touched by the boy’s gesture that he tracked him down on social media after the fact so that he could get a photo with him
You can watch the whole video below:
Let’s hope this boy’s attitude of respect and gratitude for the men and women and blue catches fire!