'He didn't see black or white,' SC officer befriended by little boy who thanks him for his service
A police officer from Greensboro, South Carolina, was so touched by the admiration he received from a little boy that he decided to share it with the world. His Facebook post has now gone viral, as he encourages adults to be more like kids and show kindness to one another.
Terence Brister has been serving the country for a long time. He was a marine, served South Carolina with SCDPS and is now part of Greensboro’s City police. He also works as a certified self-defense trainer.
Being a veteran in the police force, Brister has surely encountered nice people along the way, but the act of a little boy he met at a local Chick-fil-A touched him enough to share the experience with people on Facebook.
On January 18, Brister posted a pic alongside a little boy named Carter whom, he explained, approached him at the restaurant to thank him for his service. In return, Brister took the boy to the counter and bought him a cookie.
A grateful Carter asked the officer to wait and, after a moment, he went back and gave him a gift card to eat at Chick-fil-A.
IF ONLY ADULTS WERE MORE LIKE CHILDREN
Brister reflected about the sweet encounter on his post, adding:
“The faith, innocence, and love of a child is immeasurable. In a world that’s divided by racial tension, prejudice and discrimination, why can’t adults be more like kids. He didn’t see black or white, he saw only a law enforcement officer and who he called a hero.”
He also took the change to praise Carter’s parents for raising a kid who loves everyone without seeing color. And added that, although he’s aware many people hate police these days, sweet moments like the one with Carter remind him there are still others “who love, honor and respect the badge and uniform.”
“This is another @best day ever@. God is always reminding us of his presence,” he said.
Brister’s post went viral quickly, earning over 190k reactions, 16k comments, and 71k shares. Most people have taken their time to praise the boy’s parents and thank officer Brister for his service, showing that there are still many citizens that believe in his work.
One user said: “Those are some good parents right there! Thank you to Officer Brister for the job that you do!” and another added, “Great story. God bless them both. I thank the policeman for his service protecting us.”
Carter’s mother, Cara Bryan, also shared the officer’s post and added:
“Kind words. It was a fun morning getting to meet you. Thanks again Officer Terence Brister for taking the time to make my boy smile (and proud!)”
ANOTHER SWEET POLICE ENCOUNTER
Like Terence, many other police officers care about their community and don't mind showing their most vulnerable side to help others.
Officer Robert Lofgran, from the West Jordan Police Department in Utah, melted hearts a few months ago when his co-workers shared a pic of him taking care of a child while on duty.
They explained that a woman had arrived at the police department to fill a domestic violence report with her three kids in tow. The three toddlers were below the age of 5, and there was a months-old baby that the officer held in his arms for hours, considering police departments don’t come with cribs.
“Our records clerks caught Officer Lofgran during a call detail the other day,” they wrote in the post.
“A young mother came in with her small children to file a domestic violence report. Officer Lofgran helped watch over the children while this mother got the help she needed for that day. He spent hours on this call. Thank you for your service! #westjordanpolice #wecare #backtheblue.”
The post went viral with people thanking officer Lofgran for his service, but according to Sgt. J.C. Holt, the sight is not rare at their police department. “We are grateful for the highlight and glad for officers like Officer Lofgran," he told CNN. "But what you see is really standard. All our officers are this way. It's a typical day in the office, it really is."