A Colorado woman who was “extremely upset” over recent cop killings decided it was time to show a little love for the police community over the Labor Day weekend.
Arvada Police Officer Chris Steiner was pleasantly surprised on Monday when an unidentified elderly woman showed up at the Lake Arbor Police Station in Arvada, Colorado, asking to hug an officer, according to the local ABC affiliate, 7NEWS.
The touching moment of random kindness was caught by the station’s security cameras, and was posted to the department’s Facebook page.
“What a wonderful day to be working!! We had a lovely citizen come into our Lake Arbor station who was extremely upset about the recent loss of so many officers across the country,” the department wrote on its Facebook page. “She came in to give a HUG to an officer. The lucky recipient was Officer Steiner.”
“It’s nice to be on the positive side of things,” Steiner told 7NEWS. “I go to almost every fatality that we have, and every major crime that we have, and it’s nice to get a hug as compared to looking over the trauma.”
The woman’s unexpected show of support inspired social media users, as the Facebook post quickly went viral Monday afternoon with local residents expressing their support for the department.
“Wish we could hug every single officer all across the country as well! Awesome job to that thoughtful lady!” wrote one user.
“A big thank you to Arvada’s finest for the work that you do, I hope you all know that the majority of citizens admire and respect you,” wrote another.
With anti-police violence making the news on an almost daily basis, a random act of kindness from a concerned citizen is a pretty refreshing change of pace — not only for the lucky officer who got a free hug, but for everyone who supports our men and women in blue.