A Kentucky police officer took to Facebook recently to thank a citizen who anonymously showed his support for the officer and a colleague at a local fast food restaurant.
In a post on the Hopkinsville Police Department’s Facebook page, Officer Robert Sibal publicly thanked the anonymous man, WXIN News reports.
“Recently, Public Safety Officer Bishop and I were eating lunch at Chick-fil-A,” Sibal wrote in his post. “While eating lunch, a man walked up to us and very sincerely told us he appreciated us and thanked us.”
Not long after, Sibal said, a restaurant employee walked up and asked the two when they would like their ice cream cones.
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“Confused, I asked what she was talking about,” Sibal wrote. “The employee told us, ‘That man just bought you both ice cream cones.’”
Sibal said he tried to find the man and thank him but he was already in his car and pulling away from the parking lot.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his appreciation and say thank you to a grateful community,” Sibal’s post read.
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Since posting the message on Sept. 21, the post has been shared 70 times and “liked” more than 900. It has also drawn a number of comments.
“Those are the best gestures I praise the man that did this without looking for a thank you and every opportunity I get I will attempt to do the same and without a thanks either if we could get this country to follow suit we would be much better off,” wrote Facebook user William Laux.
News of the kind gesture comes just days after a similar act of kindness that also drew media attention.
On Sept. 18, a 5-year-old girl named Isabella Gregory in Radcliff, Kentucky, bought a tray of ice cream sundaes for a group of Kentucky and Ohio state troopers who were eating at a McDonald’s following the funeral of a fellow officer.
“She used her allowance she earned this past week to put smiles on their faces,” Isabella's mom, Sarah Yockey, told WDRB News. "She said, 'Their friend died, and it's not fair because he has a family too.’”
The officers had just come from the funeral of Kentucky trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder, who was fatally shot during a traffic stop on Sept. 13.
Trooper Eric Homan, who was at the McDonald’s with his friends, said Isabella’s gift lifted their spirits.
“We were finishing up eating and Isabella comes out of no where and she's holding a tray of ice cream sundaes,” Homan told WDRB. “She stepped right in between us all without fear and was so proud to thank us for protecting her and her family.”
Photo credit: Facebook: Hopkinsville Police Department