A 6-year-old Indiana boy heard about a fallen deputy and decided to take action. After shockingly raising nearly $7,000 for the cop’s family, he was rightfully being hailed a hero. However, viewers were left stunned by what else the cameras caught while everyone was lauding the boy’s contribution.
Malachi Fronczak of Kokomo, Indiana, was heartbroken to hear that Deputy Jacob Pickett had been killed in the line of duty in early March while trying to apprehend a suspect. Pickett was the first officer killed in the line of duty from the Boone County Sheriff’s Office since 1935.
Malachi’s caring heart immediately knew that the deputy’s family would be suffering, so he decided to raise money to help them out. Using his lemonade stand, “Malachi’s Magnificent Lemonade,” which he opened a year ago to help the family of another fallen police officer, Malachi got to work.
After spending Friday and Saturday selling hot cocoa and lemonade at the Solidarity Credit Union and the Kokomo Howard County Library, the 6-year-old was able to raise nearly $7,000 — $5,200 on Friday and $1,750 on Saturday, according to Fox News.
However, something else would soon capture much more attention than his donation. After visiting a memorial for Pickett the next day, several photos of Malachi were posted on the Malachi’s Magnificent Lemonade Facebook page, and viewers were left stunned by what the cameras had captured him doing.
While at the memorial, Malachi paid his respect, stunning viewers as this brave 6-year-old was pictured saluting Pickett’s memorial.
“It’s wonderful,” Jason Fronczak, Malachi’s father, explained, according to Fox 59. “Anytime your kids have a big heart, want to serve others, I think it’s important as a parent to support that. It’s great to see him out wanting to do that.”
Remarkably, raising nearly $7000 and saluting Pickett’s memorial wasn’t the only thing Malachi did to show his respect for law enforcement. He also signed an American flag that was left at the memorial to honor Picket.
He also left a special gift at the memorial — a bottle of lemonade with a message that read, “From: Malachi’s Magnificent Lemonade Stand.”
How is it that this little 6-year-old boy has more respect than many of the adults in this country? Deputy Jacob Pickett is one of many officers who has been killed in the line of duty as they protect and serve, and even at his young age, Malachi understands the oath that a law enforcement officer takes.
Malachi understands that these officers are owed our respect, gratitude, and appreciation for what they do — and he proved it with not only his generous donation but his respectful salute.
During a time where the country seems to be split down the middle regarding just about anything and everything, it’s remarkable to see children who are wise beyond their years. They don’t see the world like us adults do. They still see the beauty and simplicity of it all. If someone passes away, they know that there’s still a future ahead. If they see a friend crying, they try to fix it. The joy hasn’t been sucked out of them from all the hate and ugliness that too often surrounds us.
Perhaps it’s time we all start looking at how our children act with one another and learn from it. They don’t judge one another and they definitely don’t care how different they may be from each other. They’re exactly how we should be. Although the entire country may not see eye-to-eye on everything, at the very least, we should be able to agree that we all deserve nothing but respect from one another and the world would undoubtedly change for the better because of it.