I haven’t been this touched by a story in quite some time.
St. Louis Police Officer Don Re told a story about the other side of being police that will leave you in tears.
The story involves a 6 year-old boy rushed into the emergency room of Children’s hospital on recently and he title his blog, “A senseless death.”
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the boy was riding in a van with three adults and four children, when a black car pulled up beside them on West Florissant Ave and opened fire.
Officer Re wrote about seeing another officer rush into Children’s Hospital, carrying the boy. The boy laid still, and as Re looked on he had a moment of innocence, where he thought perhaps the child was sleeping.
He and his partner parked and I pulled up to their left and did the same.
I got out of my car and watched as the officer hurried from his seat and opened the back, driver’s side door.
When the officer grabbed the boy from the back seat of his police Tahoe, I knew almost instantly.
There was a split second though, before instantly I guess, where I didn’t know. For that split second, the officer looked like any dad grabbing his sleeping boy from the car and putting the boy’s head on his shoulder to carry him inside to sleep comfortably in his own bed.
If you want to understand the mind of a police officer, particularly the human side of being a cop, I ask that you read this post.