A photo of a police officer bottle-feeding a baby girl, whose mother suffered a seizure during a trip to a mall in Kansas, has gone viral and made headlines worldwide.
Overland Park police officer Andy Black, who has been working off duty at Oak Park Mall for 25 years, was called to help a woman who was shaking badly, according to Fox 4 News.
The officer decided to ask the young mother if he could hold the baby because he was afraid she would drop the child.
(via the Huffington Post)
“She had the baby and was putting the bottle in her mouth, and when she gave her to me, she handed me the bottle,” Officer Black told the station. “The baby started crying. I’m a grandpa. I took the bottle, and I fed the baby.”
The woman was disoriented and her husband was talking with the paramedics.
The heartwarming moment was captured on camera and posted to Facebook by local artist Jilli Nel.
“It was so beautiful, it just touched my heart so much, that I had to stop and just talk to him, and ask him if I could take his picture,” Nel said. “I looked and the next thing I saw Officer Black, and there he was, holding this little tiny bundle of joy, just feeding her, the two of them in their own little world.”
Black has 12 grandchildren and two "adopted" grandchildren that he babysits for his best friend at work. Nel says there have been a lot of negative stories about cops lately.
“They don’t realize that these are just people, they really are just people, and they’ve got hearts too,” she said.
According to the Huffington Post, Black’s fellow officers were not surprised by his act of kindness.
"He is always willing to give of himself to others," said Officer Gary Mason of the Overland Park Police Department.
Photo Credit: Jilli Nel/Facebook, Screenshot