A man in Circleville, Ohio, took a photo of a police officer outside his patrol vehicle and the message he posted with it on social media has received a great deal of attention.
Tyler Russell was driving through the back side of a Walmart parking lot when he saw the officer, who was from a different county, outside of his vehicle, Mad World News reports.
Russell stopped to watch the officer, and explained his reasons for doing so when he shared the picture he took of the man in blue to Ohio Going Blue’s Facebook page.
Russell wasn’t watching the officer to see if he would do something illegal or inappropriate, he did so to make sure he was kept safe.
"To the sheriff deputy outside messing with his cruiser what you didn't know was I sat in this parking spot watching over you watching your back I got your 6,” Russell wrote with the photo to Ohio Going Blue.
Russell had a gun in his car and was prepared to use it if the officer needed help.
“What else you didn't know was that I got a CCW and I will protect your life if it comes down to it,” he wrote. “Your not on your own out here. Stay safe sir. This is at the circleville,Ohio wal-Mart but however you are from a different county.”
Russell ended his message with “Igotyour6.”
The “got your six” phrase is used in the military to express that someone “has your back,” Got Your Six explains. It originated with World War I fighter pilots when referring to the rear of an airplane as the six o-clock position. In battle, the six o’clock position, since it is behind you, is your most vulnerable.
Russell’s picture has been shared from Ohio Going Blue’s Facebook page more than 300 times, and reacted to by more than 1,400 people.
The officer’s name and county is unknown, but one commentator from Marion County believes the officer is from that county.
Those who have commented on the Facebook post have shown their gratitude to Russell.
“How awesome! It's good to know some people support our guys! I pray for my husband every day he walks out the door to go to work!” one user commented.
“This was truly awesome to see! My father does a lot in response vehicles both police and firefighter. It helps ease a lot of anxiety to see there are people watching over them! Thank you so much!!!” another wrote.
Ohio Going Blue wants to know what county the officer came from so he can be made aware of Russell’s actions.