by Jason DeWitt
America’s police officers are facing a very tough time right now.
With this concept in mind, one Georgia police officer — Sergeant Kay Denton — took to Facebook to share a photo of what might appear to be the aftermath of any old car accident.
What it really captures, as Denton explains to Independent Journal Review, is one distinct act of kindness “in the midst of a very chaotic scene” — one that so perfectly embodies what it means to be a police officer that she felt compelled to share it:
Along with the photo, Denton writes:
“With all the ‘anti-police’ propaganda that is seen in the media, all of the ‘bad cop’ stories, and stories of ‘racial’ issues, I wanted to share THIS.
This is a photo of a wreck scene today on I-85, if you look closely you can see a police officer lying on the ground to the left side of the car. This officer was not hurt or injured in any way. This officer was comforting a child who was injured in the accident.
This child was an eight year old black male who was scared to death and had some internal injuries. This officer laid on the ground with this child, cradling his head in his hand and talking to him to keep him calm. When we found out that today is the child’s birthday, this officer sang Happy Birthday to him! At one point the child reached over and patted the officer on the head and then played with the officer’s hair!
THIS is why I’m a police officer, to help people, to be there for them no matter what the circumstances and no matter what skin color! I pray that this beautiful little boy is okay and I thank God that I work with some amazing officers who are so compassionate and caring! Thank you for making me proud to be your supervisor!”
While it’s not clear what the 8-year-old’s condition is, Denton notes that he was transferred to Atlanta for care, where he is “in very good hands.”
In case you missed it, the officer — who has since been identified as Cpl. Christopher Holly — can be seen lying on the ground with the boy, just next to the driver’s open door:
In a matter of just a few days, Denton’s post has earned more than 46,000 reactions on Facebook.
If the police sergeant’s goal was to cast a brighter light on the everyday good that police officers do for their communities, she certainly seems to have accomplished it.