Emergency Service workers have a tough job. Firefighters, Police Officers, Emergency Medics put their life on the line each day to protect their communities and help those in need. Each time a call comes in, they answer it, not knowing what awaits them when they arrive on scene.
Sometimes the calls are happy, such as the safe delivery of a baby. Other times, the calls take workers to the scene of a fatal car accident.
For Officer Brandon Fleming of the South Hill Police Department in Virginia, the call he received was a devastating one. While he didn't disclose the details of the event due to privacy restrictions, he calls it "heartbreaking" in an Instagram post.
"While finishing up assisting with a heartbreaking call the other day I found myself sadly walking to my car alone in my thoughts," the officer wrote.
Just minutes later, his whole day was turned around thanks to one little girl.
So while finishing up assisting with a heartbreaking call the other day I found myself sadly walking to my car alone in my thoughts. Out of no where I hear the sweetest little voice greeting me " Hi Mr Officer!!! and I turn to find this lovely young lady walking with her mom. I was taken aback by her joyful nature and I attempt to greet her with as much jubilation as she did with me. I asked how she was and she informed me that she was great that day and that it was her birthday. I inquired into her age (she told me she was 4 years old ) and told her that she was very well spoken for someone so young. Then my day, my week, my choice of profession was made. She asked out of nowhere "Can I have a hug for my birthday??" I ran as fast as I could to her as she did to me and grabbed her and received the most genuine of hugs ever. She asked if I had a sticker badge she could have and while I searched my car for what I thought I had, I was unable to locate one. Immediately I asked her mother for her address and was pleasantly surprised when little Miss Neriah told me her own address and spelled out her name for me to write down. I asked about her favorite things & I told her that I would find her later that day & bring her a birthday present since I couldn't find her a police badge. After a couple of days of knocking on her door (no one was home during these times) I finally tracked down the little angel that turned my day around and brought her some presents for her birthday. This right here people is why I do the job I do. For MY community. For EVERYONE'S children. For the betterment of US all. If someone so small can show such a great deal of love and compassion to me, a complete stranger, then why can't we all do the same for one another? We sometimes forget how great and innocent a youthful mind can be and how wonderful and beautiful their perception of this world truly is. Thank you Neriah.... For lifting the veil of clouds and showing me the true nature of things, For giving me hope that all is not lost in this world, For allowing me to be loved and cared for by my community, For showing your bright spirit to me, and for making me just happy.
Officer Fleming heard a little voice say: "Hi Mr. Officer!"
When he turned, he saw a little girl walking with her mother. She was clearly happy to see him, even thought she'd never met him before.
"I was taken aback by her joyful nature and I attempt to greet her with as much jubilation as she did with me," the officer wrote. "I asked how she was and she informed me that she was great that day and that it was her birthday."
The 4-year-old girl, whose name was Neriah, asked the officer for an unexpected birthday present.
"Can I have a hug for my birthday?"
After a stressful day, Officer Fleming's heart melted from the simple request. He gave her a big hug.
"My day, my week, my choice of profession was made," the grateful officer wrote on Instagram.
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