After a draining day on the job when one of his young colleagues was killed, a St. Louis police officer was finally off duty when he stopped by Chick-fil-A. Assuming it was a good place to pick up food for his department so they could share a meal in remembrance of a fallen officer, the cop was shocked when he turned around and saw what was right behind him.
In the early morning hours of October 6, Officer Blake Snyder, 33, responded to a call about a man who was causing a disturbance in a suburb outside of St. Louis. Snyder was shot and killed while simply trying to do his job, KRCA reports. This officer not only left his entire department reeling from the loss of one of their own; he left behind a wife and small child who were robbed of this man by a feral thug.
Lt. Karl Bulla called the family and his colleagues together to mourn as a group in the stressful hours after this horrific incident. After spending time together lamenting the loss, it had been hours since anyone had eaten, so Bulla decided to make a run to the nearest Chick-fil-A to grab food for everyone. He and his partner approached the counter to pick up the $500 order when the young woman at the register refused their payment, before explaining what was going on right behind them.
“The young lady behind the counter said I just want to let you know this is taken care of,” Bulla recalled, Opposing Views reported. “We’re like, ‘No, the Welfare Association’s going to pay for it.’ She’s like, ‘No, it wasn’t taken care of by us, although we would’ve done that. It was taken care of by a gentleman who, don’t tell him, but he’s sitting right behind you.'”
The officers turned around and saw the man sitting quietly at the table alone, not wanting recognition for anything since he had a very specific reason for doing what he did. When they approached the good Samaritan to thank him for his generosity, he explained that he’s been waiting for this moment for months. In July, a man had been apprehended in his backyard, after having shot a St. Louis cop. He was found hiding on the property of the man who told the officers in Chick-fil-A that this $500 purchase was the least he could do to repay police for keeping him safe.
Hours after being reminded of the reality that police hate is alive and strong in society, these officers were shown that there’s still hope in humanity. Not everyone is out to kill cops or make excuses for those who do — there are droves of concerned citizens who support brave men and women in blue.