A footage of a Virginia police officer showing kind gesture to two young girls after an emergency call at their family home has gone viral. Officer Fleming, a 15-year veteran was among the first responders to a reported gas leak at a South Hill apartment complex on Feb. 14.
After the gas leak was considered not harmful, Officer Fleming approached a group of children playing outside of the building, sat down on the ground with them and proceeded to play games to ensure they felt safe.
Lesha, a resident of the complex and a mother of one of the children involved told WTVR that some of the children, whom were originally petrified by police presence, came to view Fleming as a “superhero” through his interactions with them.
“He’s awesome. That’s the only word you can really use to describe C.B.,” she told the station. “It’s just amazing, the bond he has with the children.”
“People need the positivity,” she continued. “I was telling him that my daughter, my niece, and some of the other children here were afraid of cops. So when he came and played with them, I captured that moment, not because I thought it would go viral, but it was amazing that my niece didn’t break out into tears.”
Roper-Boswell shared footage and photos of the heartwarming moment on Facebook, which have since gone viral.
According to Officer Fleming, developing a strong bond with children in the community he serves is something he’s “always tried to do.”
“When I got into this job, I knew there was something different, other than just writing tickets and being the bad person all the time,” he said. “I figured if I could be that bright spot in someone’s day then that’s all that mattered.”
“I want everyone, not just the kids… but the moms and dads to know that they can come to me,” he added.