GOOD NEWS 'It Was Something Special': Missouri Officer Hugged, Fist-Bumped By Child in Viral Video
Officer Ryan Elledge, of the Dexter Police Department, can be seen in the video standing in line when the child, Bowan, walked up to him and hugged his leg.
The video, shared on Facebook by Bowan's adoptive mother McKenna Landers, has been viewed tens of thousands of times.
"It was something special. It really was," Elledge said. "You don't get that very often."
Landers wrote in her viral post that "cops have Superhero status," and that her son's day was made when he saw Officer Elledge.
She said she's taught her children that police officers are "the good guys."
"We don't have to fear them. They take care of the bad guys and they keep us safe," Landers said.
Elledge said that it's nice to see children are being taught not to fear law enforcement.
"There's so much negativity that it's good to see positive once in a while," he said.
Landers said that she further teaches her children while in public that law enforcement is there to help them.
"I say 'hey, he's our friend' or 'he helps keep us safe,'" she said. "Just positive around the police."