One morning, Noah, 9, glanced across a restaurant, he saw a Lakeland, Florida, police officer sitting alone eating his breakfast.
The 9-year-old knew what he wanted to do and told his mother about the plan. On that morning his actions in the restaurant surprised the officer. The police officer was overwhelmed with what the little boy did.
Someday, little Noah wants to become a police officer. So, he asked his mom, Amanda Cantin, if he could say “Hi” to Officer Eddie Benitez. Both of them were having breakfast at a local Denny’s because it was “Bring Your Child To Work Day.” She of course said yes.
Noah was scared and he didn’t know what to do. He decided to pay for Officer Benitez’s breakfast, by his birthday savings.
The mother and son told their plan to a waitress. Once they received the receipt, Noah wanted to write a special note to the officer. With Amanda’s help, he penned a heartfelt message.
“I want to be you when I grow up. Thank you for your service.”
Then, he shyly walked over to the officer and handed him the note. The police officer was stunned, and jumped up from his seat and insisted on taking a photo with his biggest little fan, Amanda said.
“He didn’t understand why this little boy was walking down there with his tab. His face was very shocked.”
When the officer read the note he can’t believe his eyes. He was so touched by Noah’s act of kindness and the special message on his receipt that he carries it around with him every day.
“It meant everything. It meant that I’m supposed to wake up every morning and put on this uniform and go out there and do what I do. You know? It means that I need to keep trying to be a good example to all these young guys.”
The Lakeland Police Department shared the photo on their Facebook page, as they are impressed with Noah’s heartfelt generosity. The department also thanked Noah for his kindhearted gesture.
“Well Noah, you touched all of our hearts today. Your support means so much to all of the men and women who put on the uniform every day.”
The little boy was so excited by the attention from the police department. He has wanted to be a police officer for four years now and hasn’t let go of that dream yet.
“I’m going to make the world a better place and capture the bad guys.”
Amanda said if her son decides in 10 years to put on a police uniform and badge, she’ll be “one proud mom.”