Friday, August 18, 2017

Boy touches police officer's heart

It happened recently at a Denny's restaurant in Lakeland, Florida. At one table, Lakeland police officer Eddie Benitez was eating breakfast alone. At another table, 9-year-old Noah Cantin was eating breakfast with his mom, Amanda. Noah dreams of being a policeman, so he asked his mom if he could walk over and say "hi" to officer Benitez. His mom said "sure."  But Noah froze, because he didn't know what to say. Then he had a new idea. He'd been saving up his birthday money. Could he spend it to pay officer Benitez' tab for breakfast? He and his mom flagged down a waitress to told her his plan. Once they got the receipt, Noah wanted to write a note on it. He wrote, "I want to be you when I grow up. Thanks for your service." Then he strolled across the dining room and dropped the receipt on officer Benitez table.

                                                                                          Lakeland Police Department
Officer Benitez was stunned. He jumped up from his seat and insisted on taking this photo with his biggest fan. He was so touched by Noah's kindness that he carries the receipt around with him. He said it's a reminder that "I need to keep trying to be a good example for all these young guys." Noah was excited by all the attention. He's wanted to be a policeman for four years. "I'm going to make the world a better place," he says, "and catch the bad guys."

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