People Taken Aback By What Officer Does Next To Kids
Kristin Danley 2/21/2019
A suspected gas leak at a South Hill, Virginia, apartment complex unexpectedly thrust Police Officer C.B. Fleming into the limelight. The officer responded to the emergency call for help and was one of several emergency crew members to arrive on the scene.
Officer Fleming spied a handful of children outside the building. Fortunately they were playing, oblivious to the potentially hazardous situation unfolding nearby.
Officer Fleming introduced himself to the kids, then lowered himself down onto the ground and sprawled out on the concrete sidewalk, asking if he could play dolls with the kids.
Mecklenburg Manor apartment resident Iesha Roper-Boswell confessed to CBS 6 that everyone was taken aback by his gesture. She snapped a few photos of the personable moment the kids shared with a grown man, an office, just hanging out and playing dolls.
"They need someone who they feel is a superhero. He's awesome. That's the only word you can really use to describe C.B. It's just amazing, the bond he has with the children."
Fleming shared that with CBS 6 that he has always tried to be a friend to kids. He didn't want to solely write tickets and be "the bad person all the time."
"I figured if I could be that bright spot in someone's day then that's all that mattered."
The friendly officer noted that his department received a lot of calls to the apartment complex when he first joined the force. He made his mission to let everyone know that he was there to serve and protect.
"I figured if I could let them know that I was an anchor point, that they could come and talk to me and trust me, then I could do some good. I want everyone, not just the kids... but the moms and dad... to know that they can come to me."
Roper-Boswell shared that Officer Fleming has done a terrific job of making himself available to the residents and reassuring them that he really is there to help them. She believed the photos she snapped of his interaction with the kids echoed just that, and many others agreed since the photos have since gone viral on social media.
"I was telling him that my daughter, my niece, and some of the other children here were afraid of cops. So when he came and played with them, I captured that moment, not because I thought it would go viral, but it was amazing that my niece didn't break out into tears. For him to make my child feel like she's safe, she doesn't even have to call 911, she just has to call C.B. if she's in trouble. I'm glad he made this part of his job. He's changed my daughter and niece's lives."