South Carolina boy, officer now unlikely friends

Police officer and child
via Teence Brister, Facebook.

GREENVILLE, So. Car. — A South Carolina police officer and a young boy have gone viral after a touching interaction at a local Chick-fil-A.

Officer Terence Brister, a United States Marine Corps veteran, posted a picture to his Facebook page of a child he said approached him at the restaurant to thank him for his service. Brister was so touched by the gesture that he took his new friend to the counter to buy him a cookie. That is when the boy returned the favor by giving Officer Brister a gift card to eat at Chick-fil-A again.

“He is the very reason I have served in USMC, State Police And now City Police,” Brister wrote. “The faith, innocence and love of a child is immeasurable.”

Brister was especially encouraged by this encounter in light of the racial tension in the United States. “In a world that’s divided by racial tension, prejudice and discrimination, why can’t adults be more like kids? He didn’t see black or white, he saw only a law enforcement officer and who he called a hero.”

Officer Brister praised the child’s parents for raising their child to honor and respect those who put their lives on the line to serve their communities.

“I applaud his parents for raising a child who loves everyone. I know that some people hate police, but it’s days like today that God often reminds me of those who love, honor and respect the badge and uniform.”

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