Sargeant Paul Tuozzolo, a police officer with the 43rd Precinct of the NYPD, passed away in the line of duty last year. Paul was a light to his community and loved by so many family and friends. Paul's son Austin is crossing a big milestone this year by starting kindergarten.
Since Austin's father cannot be there to send him off, a bunch of officers from Paul's police department showed up to send off Austin to his very first day of kindergarten. This kind gesture for Austin speaks volumes about how beloved Paul was.
I'm so grateful these officers took time out of their busy schedules to give this young boy encouragement on his big day! What an unforgettable day!
Because police officers enforce the law, they can sometimes get a bad wrap. But aside from trying to keep our communities safe, they do a lot of good. They are tough men and women, but they also have huge hearts. And Jefferson County sheriff's Deputy Ric Lindley is definitely proof of this!
Deputy Lindley has served as a sheriff’s deputy for 10 years and is a former U.S. Army Green Beret. So he knows how to be tough, when the job calls for it. But this grandfather of 7 also has a softer side. . .especially when it comes to kids. The father of 3 sons says,
So when he and his partner were the first officers to roll up on the scene of a traffic accident, it soon became clear that he was right where God meant for him to be.
Deputy Lindley and his partner, Deputy Tim Sanford, immediately began securing the scene and giving as much aid as they could to those who were injured. And that’s when Deputy Lindley noticed a young mother, about 30-yards away, leaning against her car, holding a baby.
When he approached, it was clear that this young mom was very shaken up from the accident. Her baby girl was unharmed from the accident, but was understandably upset. Deputy Lindley’s big heart swelled at the sight of a distraught baby, and he asked if he could try calming the little girl. What happened next has gone viral, and has since melted the heart of just about every person who has seen it!
Deputy Lindley took the tiny girl from the arms of her shaken mother, and held her close. He says,
It was Deputy Lindley’s partner, Deputy Sanford, who snapped the photo of the precious moment, which has been shared nearly 10,000 times alone from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Facebook page.
And Deputy Lindley was spot on. His act of compassion meant the world to mother, Monica Johnson, who recently reunited with the kind officers who had come to her aid. She says,
This is just one more example of the wonderful things our brave police officers do for us. And despite all of the praise, Deputy Lindley insists he did nothing special. But Chief Deputy Randy Christian describes it perfectly by saying,