A 6-year-old boy bought several police officers breakfast at John’s Waffle & Pancake House in Kennett, Missouri on July 24 because they are his "favorite heros."
Capt. Tim Trowbridge of the Kennett Police Department posted the story to the department’s Facebook page, reports KAIT.
Landon Williams and his family tried to remain anonymous, but Towbridge said the department was "so touched that officers tracked down his parents and to set up something to let him know that his support of ... was more than appreciated.”
So they set up an appointment to meet the Williams family at the same restaurant the following morning, July 25. At the breakfast, the officers gave Landon a framed letter, a Kennet Police Department patch, a Strategic Response Team patch and several toys.
Also on hand were deputies from the Dunklin County Sheriff's office and Troopers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, who presented Landon with a Patrol Patch, a challenge coin and several stickers.
"I love police officers," Landon told KAIT. "They are my favorite heroes."
Landon's parents, Mandy and Jason Williams, added: "We just wanted to do our little part to say thank you. He wanted to do it, we are so proud of him."
Capt. Towbridge took the opportunity to thank the community at large in his Facebook post: “With all the recent tragedies of our Brothers in Law Enforcement across this Country, I would like to personally thank everyone in our area for the support you have shown to me and my fellow Officers during these trying times.”
The reference of “trying times” refers to recent tragic events, including the fatal shootings of two black men at the hands of police officers -- Alton Sterling on July 5, and Philando Castile on July 6 -- and the assassination of law enforcement officers in Dallas on July 7.
The boy’s act of solidarity recalls an incident in July, when 9-year-old Samya McLaughlin used her birthday money to buy lunch for police in Detroit. She brought the officers sandwiches, chips, fruit and a cookie, according to WWJ. In return, police honored honored as “Officer of the Day,” and presented her with gifts as a thank you.