Upon seeing a Metro Nashville police officer going above and beyond his call of duty “to protect and serve,” one mom from Tennessee quickly put on some house shoes, a light jacket, and went outside to start filming. The video eventually made rounds on social media, winning praise.
Beth Cowherd’s 14-year-old son, Caden Thiemen, an 8th-grader at T.W. Hunter Middle School, plays with his football on the street outside his family home in Brandywine Farms, Old Hickory, whenever he has free time, be it rain or shine.
“He dreams of playing football in college and in the NFL,” Beth said, according to a description of a video posted by ViralHog.
On Jan. 21, 2019, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Caden was playing out on the street as usual.
He was tossing the football in frigid temperatures—all alone—until a police officer drove down the street around noon.
The cop pulled over on the side of the road, got out of the car, and asked Caden whether he could join him in the game.
Of course, Caden agreed, and he began throwing the ball to the officer.
The officer caught the ball perfectly, saying words of encouragement to Caden every now and then.
The excited mother saw the two playing catch in the cold and made her way out of the house to record this impromptu football session, which lasted for around 10 minutes.
The police officer didn’t have to stop his car to play catch with Caden—it wasn’t a part of his duty. But his caring gesture toward the teen captured Beth’s heart.
“It shows he has heart. Cops get a bad rap but they have heart,” Beth told The Denver Channel. “They have kids at home too. It was nice of him to take the time to do that.”
Both Caden and Beth were grateful to the cop for his kindness.
“After I stopped the recording, I go out the back door to go thank the officer. He was driving off as I walked out and we waved,” Beth recalled.
“I’d just say thank you for coming out,” Caden told WZTV. “It made my day, made my week.”
Touched Beth took to Facebook to share the video of the sweet moment, and give a shout-out to the big-hearted officer.
“This warms my heart so much. This is just a 1m:24sec video, this officer has been out there for a good while now, playing football with my son. Such an unselfish, meaningful & positive act of kindness from this officer,” she wrote.
“Thank u sir. I couldnt run out there cause I had a baby inside so didn’t catch his name, but really wanted to say thank u,” she added.
Congratulations to Officer Calvin Graham, who competed in the World Police and Fire games and placed FIRST in the 800 meter race and fourth in the 400 meter race.
Beth didn’t know the officer’s name, but with some searching, she found that the cop was Officer Calvin Graham.
Coincidentally, Beth knows Graham’s wife, and they both have a son named Caden.
Beth’s footage of Officer Graham playing catch with Caden was later re-shared by CBS news, racking up more than 15 million views and over 89,000 shares.
KIND COP: When this Tennessee police officer spotted a teenage boy playing outside in the cold alone, he stopped to play catch with him 💙https://cbsn.ws/2rx89ke
由 CBS News 发布于 2019年1月22日周二
Like Beth, many social media users were moved by Graham’s act of kindness.
“Not only did he make that boys day but he also touched the hearts of so many! An Angel walks amongst us,” one wrote.
Another commented: “That simple act of kindness from a Law Enforcement Officer taught the Kid a lesson that will stay with him all his life.”
“Another person making America great again,” someone remarked.
Meanwhile, others recounted similar experiences.
“I remember when officer David Sisk would throw the football with us in our neighborhood in east Nashville,” one wrote. “This was my 1st interaction with the police. And till this day I still have a positive out look on law enforcement despite all the controversy.”
Another shared: “When we first moved to our town an officer stopped to play with my kids out front and now that officer is my sons sergeant.”
Graham’s wife also chimed in to comment: “Amazing people do amazing things. I am honored to be this officer’s wife.”
So, why did Graham take the time out to play catch with Caden?
Graham, who joined the Metro Nashville Police Department in 1998, said he simply loves interacting with the community he serves.
“I was just patrolling in my zone … and I saw a young lad that was throwing the ball up in the air, and he was alone. I wanted to be that person to assist him to say, ‘I’ll interact with you. I’ll throw some catch with you,’” Graham added.
Beth was pleased with the overwhelming response to her video.
“I am so glad so many people are seeing this video and are as touched by it as I am,” Beth told WZTV.
It’s always heartwarming to see police officers going the extra mile for the people they serve.
We salute Officer Graham for the job well done!
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