Working in law enforcement is often a thankless job, but one officer with Colorado’s Lakewood Police Department recently got a very special thank-you message from a young boy.
Agent Ryan O’Hayre was preparing to order dinner at a Chick-fil-A restaurant when he saw seven-year-old Hunter Steffes approach.
Steffes handed O'Hayre a note that read, "Thank you for your service. You walk the thin blue line. Be safe and go home to your family. Don’t ever worry I have your six."
The Lakewood Police Department posted the touching note to their Facebook page:
The phrase - which originated with World War I pilots who referenced the rear of an airplane as the six o'clock position - is a military and law enforcement term meaning "I’ve got your back."
O'Hayre and Steffes joined Maria Bartiromo today, and the officer revealed that the note had more than heartfelt sentiment. It also included a gift card to Starbucks.
"I was standing in line and Hunter sort of boldly walked up to me and just handed it to me," O'Hayre said. "He was pretty proud. And his parents should be very proud of him."
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