It happened March 4 in Hingham, a town on the south shore of Massachusetts. Hingham police Sgt. Steven Dearth was in the Panera Bread Company enjoying dinner when a little girl felt sorry to see him eating alone and offered to sit at his table. Her name was Lillian and she was very outgoing. While he ate, she chatted away, even planning a future play-date.
Dearth said it was "the best dinner date ever. It means a lot to police officers when people say 'hi,' especially when children approach us." Lillian was at the restaurant with her parents and younger brother. Of course Dearth gave her a Junior Police Officer sticker, and for dessert, Lillian and her dad got a tour of Dearth's police car.