For my VIP for this week I decided to honor police officers. There are too many horrible things being said and done against police officers of every kind. I want to share a few stories of the many good things that police officers do.
Ten-year-old Toxey invited 21 kids to his birthday party, but none of them showed up. Toxey and his mother were “heartbroken and helpless,” and his mother shared some of her feelings on her Facebook page. A couple of days later, Toxey opened his front door and found four Arkansas State Troopers standing there with cake and gifts. The four cops – Cpl. David Forthman and Troopers Terry Sawyer, Kyle Sheldon, Brandon Cook, and Tim Callison – heard of Toxey after his mother’s post on Facebook and decided to give Toxey a birthday party. They spent the day with Toxey. As far as Toxey can remember, they were the only guests that ever came to any birthday party. This is part of the statement Toxey’s mother sent to the department and later posted on the Arkansas State Police’s Facebook page: “They ate his cake with him and played basketball with him. All out of the goodness of their hearts. They made my sweet baby’s day, and his year!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will never be able to repay the kindness you showed my family today!”
Roby, an officer with the London Police Department in Kentucky, answered a call about shoplifting but did not arrest anyone. The shoplifter was a man who needed some formula for his six-month-old baby. He had no money and had taken only one thing – baby formula. The store did not press charges, and Officer Roby did not pursue the matter. The officer purchased several cans of formula for the “speechless” father. Details of this story, plus numerous others, can be found here.
A nine-year-old girl in Ohio wanted an IPad to use for schoolwork and to play games. She knew her family was struggling financially so she decided to set up a lemonade stand to earn the money. Sheriff’s Deputy Zak Ropos stopped to buy a cup of lemonade and learned the purpose of the lemonade stand. He spoke with the girl’s mother and offered an old IPad of his own; however, he discovered that it did not work and purchased a new IPad for the girl. The details of this story and other good-cop stories can be found at thissite.