While stopped near the scene of a horrific wreck on a Georgia freeway, Kay Denton was staring out her window when she noticed something amiss at the scene and snapped a photo. Looking at the snapshot a little closer, she was absolutely floored at what she saw hiding in plain sight.
Denton, who works with the Commerce Police Departement, was on Interstate-85 in Commerce when the crash caught her eye. With traffic at a standstill as crews worked to clear the scene, the woman watched on and prayed that all involved would be okay, even though the situation looked dire. With the perfect vantage point from where she was parked along the side of the road, Denton saw something else at the scene which she felt the need to share, with photo proof of what she witnessed.
In a post on social media, Denton explained, “If you look closely you can see a police officer lying on the ground to the left side of the car.” While this may not seem like a significant detail, it’s what she caught him doing that took her breath away.
An 8-year-old boy was involved in the crash and trapped under the mangled car. He was terrified and Denton was scared for his outcome too, until she saw the incredible interaction he had with the cop. “This child was an eight-year-old black male who was scared to death and had some internal injuries. This officer laid on the ground with this child, cradling his head in his hand and talking to him to keep him calm,” she wrote before finding out one important detail about the kid, which the cop was shocked to hear in that moment.
As the hero officer spoke comforting words to this boy, he learned that this frightening day happened to also be his birthday, and right there in the median, with the weight of the car and the world on this child, the cop sang Happy Birthday to him. “At one point the child reached over and patted the officer on the head and then played with the officer’s hair!” Denton explained in her post, which she shared with a specific purpose in mind.
“THIS is why I’m a police officer, to help people, to be there for them no matter what the circumstances and no matter what skin color!” she said. “With all the ‘anti-police’ propaganda that is seen in the media, all of the ‘bad cop’ stories, and stories of ‘racial’ issues, I wanted to share THIS.”
The details of an officer’s day on the job are rarely known because they don’t often talk about them. To these heroes, it’s just another part of their shift, a part of who they are, and who citizens need around to do the things that too many people could never fathom facing. This white cop was all this scared black kid had in that moment. He was his guardian angel, as are many officers to strangers on a daily basis who don’t see race. They take the opportunity to save the day however they can.