The other day I was working a basketball game for a local University. I was patrolling one of the concourses when a couple approached me and asked me if I would be willing to do something for them. I asked them how I could be of service and they showed me a little T-shirt.
"There's this little boy in our section and he's in a wheel chair. He looks pretty disabled and he's here with just his mom. We thought it would be cool if you presented him with this T-shirt on behalf of the school."
I asked the couple how they knew the boy and his mother and they exclaimed that they didn't know them at all and wanted me to give him the T-shirt so their gift would be anonymous. I was touched. I agreed and we walked together toward their section in the stands. As we got closer I told another officer what we were about to do. He pulled out a "junior police officer" sticker and handed it to me.
"Deputize him while your at it!" he said.
When we arrived at the couple's section, they quickly made their way back to their seats and watched from above. The other officer and I made our way to the little boy in the wheel chair and his mother. When we arrived I introduced us and addressed the boy,
"The university would like to thank you for coming to support the team and would like to give you this special T-shirt. We would also like to make you a junior police officer today."
I handed his mother the badge and she placed it on her son's chest. Her eyes welled up with tears and she thanked us for doing what we did. As I walked away I glanced up at the couple who had given me and this little family this wonderful gift. I waved and they tearfully smiled back at me.
Earlier that day I had been feeling pretty dark about the state of the world. I was wondering if there really were any decent people left in the world. Then this happened. My faith in humanity was restored. I never got a chance to thank the couple after the game for their wonderful act of anonymous kindness. I never got to thank them for giving me the opportunity to be the face of their simple act of kindness. I have no doubt that this will have positive after effects for our department. Where ever you are, thank you. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to do this wonderful thing. You made me and my department look heroic that day. You guys are the real heroes and I will always remember what you did.