When Columbus, Ohio SWAT Officer Steven Smith was shot and killed in the line of duty, the city was rocked to its core.
His family, fellow officers and many friends were devastated by his sudden death – but the actions of one special waitress made all the difference to a few of those in mourning.
Days after the shooting, Officer Smith was put to rest surrounded by those who loved and respected him. The officers that served the city of Columbus right by his side were the ones to stand at attention, fold the flag and show their final respects – it was the moment every officer dreads the most.
After the funeral, a group of the heartbroken officers went out to a nearby Red Robin for lunch. Nine of them ended up sitting at Jessica’s table – who happened to be a single mother and daughter of a retired police officer. She could tell something was off and when Jessica asked the table how they were doing, she explained to NBC 4, they gave her an unusual answer.
“It’s always a rough day when you’ve gotta put a brother in the ground.”
Jessica heard about Officer Smith and realized that the brave men and women had just left his funeral.
Right then, Jessica decided that she needed to show the officers just how much their service means to the people of Columbus. When it came time for the bill, she handed the officers a check with something special written on the back.
“Officers, your bill is on me today. I can’t imagine the day you all have had, let alone what you go through every day. I hope your days get better. So much respect.
#WeSeeYou #PoliceLivesMatter #RIPOfficerSmith”
The single mother covered the $123 lunch bill and was happy to do so! These are the men and women that keep our streets safe – one officer even admitted that no one at the table was able to keep a dry eye after seeing Jessica’s note.
Watch the whole heartwarming story here!
Being a police officer is a thankless job by nature, but we can all do our part to make their lives easier when we can!