Officer David Taylor was just doing his job, patrolling the International Rice Festival in Crowley, Louisiana, when a woman brought him a lost boy (photos below).
“He was extremely upset ... I put him on my shoulders to see if he would be able to see his parents,” Taylor told ABC News. “He started to fall asleep, and I moved him down to my chest.”
The boy dozed on Taylor’s chest until he was reunited with his mother, half an hour later. Someone snapped a photo of the encounter, and the image, which was posted on KATC-TV’s Facebook page, has garnered nearly 13,000 likes.
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“What I was doing is nothing different from the rest of our law enforcement colleagues. The only difference is that someone took a photo of me,” Taylor said. “If it shines a true light on what police officers do and can do, then [this attention] is a good thing.”
Taylor’s family is happy about the attention he’s receiving. “I'm so proud of my Dad. He's an amazing person and he's good at what he does,” his daughter, Jess Taylor, wrote in a comment on Facebook.
Witnesses were also touched by the interaction. “I think it’s awesome because we hear so much negative things about our police officers today so I’m happy to say that I’ve seen something that’s a positive image,” Texas resident Betty Thomas told KLFY.
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“That’s an officer going above and beyond the call of duty.”