When I was a little boy, one of the most common answers me or my friends would give about what we'd like to be when we grew up is "policeman." For boys, in particular, the allure of being a cop is pretty easy to understand: cops are supposed to be tough and heroic while fighting bad guys and enforcing justice. Plus, they get to have sweet Ray Bans and shoot real guns! It's no wonder every kid wants to be a cop at some point.
These days, when you mention the word "police" to people, there are some mixed reactions. I'm not going to comment on the real or perceived nature of this controversy (as it'd be way too much to get into), but I will say it makes me sad that a few widely publicized incidents have given so many people an unfairly negative view of law enforcement. It's unfortunate because, honestly, there are so many great officers out there who are truly doing their best to serve their community in a positive way. That's why I always love seeing stories of these everyday heroes getting the recognition they deserve.
Recently, Officer Mark Waggamon from West Virginia went viral on Facebook after he helped a 4-year-old girl with an unusual birthday wish: she wanted to take a policeman out for lunch. Little JadeLynn Hoskinson Gross just loves cops and her dream birthday was to have a lunch date with an officer. Tara Murphy, a local nurse, found out about the little girl's wish and got in touch with Officer Waggamon. Not only was he willing to do it, he went above and beyond to make it a truly special day.