Viral 6 Mourning Cops Got the Perfect Pick-Me-Up from a 5-Year-Old at McDonald's
UPDATE: The mom, daughter, and officers talked to Elisabeth Hasselbeck on "Fox and Friends" Tuesday. Watch what they had to say above.
Friday was a somber day for police officers in the state of Kentucky, as they laid to rest State Police trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder, who was shot to death during a traffic stop.
The outpouring for Ponder was so large that the procession from the church to the cemetery took three hours. Officers from across the country, including California and Alaska, made the journey to Elizabethtown, Kentucky for the services.
Afterwards, six of those officers - five Kentucky State troopers and one from the Ohio Highway Patrol - decided to grab a bite to eat at a nearby McDonald's.
Seeing the group of officers and knowing about the slain policeman, five-year-old Isabella Gregory decided to try to put a smile on their faces.
Isabella, who was there for ice cream with her mother, used her allowance to buy a round of ice cream for the officers.
"She said, 'Their friend died, and it's not fair because he has a family too,'" Sarah Yockey recalled about her daughter's gesture.
One of the officers, Eric Homan, said the group was physically and emotionally tired after a long trip that started at 5:30am that morning in Ashland.
"We were finishing up eating and Isabella comes out of nowhere and she's holding a tray of ice cream sundaes. She stepped right in between us all without fear and was so proud to thank us for protecting her and her family," he said.
The gesture and the subsequent photo have since gone viral after Yockey posted it on Facebook.