A man from Eustis, Florida, left a Lake County sheriff’s deputy in disbelief as he stood near the officer’s car, serving as a bodyguard.
David Causey was at Eustis RaceTrac gas station filling up his patrol vehicle when he noticed a man “show up out of nowhere standing behind my patrol car scanning the area,” Causey wrote on his Facebook page on July 11, which was later shared on the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office page.
The elderly man, who was later identified as 73-year-old Army veteran Casey DeLoach, kept watch until Causey was finished.
DeLoach then said, “Thank you sir for what you do. I have your back,” before walking to the other side of the parking lot, getting into his vehicle, and driving off.
“I kinda just stood there in shock that an elderly man was willing to possibly put himself in danger to help me a complete stranger,” Causey wrote.
Causey said he wanted to find out who the man was so he could thank him properly in person.
People on social media were also touched by DeLoach’s kindness.
“What a selfless act God bless that man and our men in blue that protect us,” wrote a Facebook user.
“A lot of us have your back. Thank you does not even begin to cover it,” wrote another.
DeLoach told WFTV that he had been watching out for officers since the killing of Texas deputy Darren Goforth at a gas station in 2015.
The act of kindness comes at a fraught time for law enforcement officers. Five officers were shot and killed in Dallas on July 7 and another three were killed on July 17 in Baton Rouge. Both were deliberate attacks on police officers.