It's National Police Week, a time when the country honors the sacrifices and heroics of our men and women in blue.

Sometimes it's an officer's simple show of kindness that make a big difference in someone's life.

Like taking a moment to connect with a person down on their luck...

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...challenging some neighborhood kids to a bike race...

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...or a game of hoops...

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...or shoveling someone's driveway...

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...or letting someone know they're not alone.

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Of course, the job can also mean life or death, not only for the officer, but the families they're sworn to protect and serve.

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And those whose lives have been saved will never stop being grateful.

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But it's a job that's also filled with great moments of joy...

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...inexplicable wonder...

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...and lots of love.

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Share this on social media with the hashtag #NationalPoliceWeek to say thanks to all the officers out there.

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