The Heart of a Child

         With all the recent attacks and murders of policemen on duty, we have been hearing of many funerals to which police travel from their home districts to attend and give honor to their fallen brother.  Six such officers travelled to the funeral of the slain Kentucky State trooper, on their return from the ceremony they decided to break their fast at a McDonald's on the route.

            But as the officers — five Kentucky troopers and one Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper — finished their meals, a five-year-old girl approached their table with a tray of McDonald’s sundaes and thanked the men for protecting her and her family.

          Sarah Yockey, Isabella’s mother, told WDRB that her daughter had asked if she could use her allowance money to treat the officers to ice cream when she saw them.

          She used her allowance she earned this past week to put smiles on their faces,” Yockey said. “She said, ‘Their friend died, and it’s not fair because he has a family too.’”

          Kentucky State Police trooper Eric Homan told WDRB that he and his friends had left their town around 5:30 a.m. in order to make it to the funeral on time on September 18. None of the men had eaten all day when they decided to stop at the McDonald’s around 6:15 p.m.  “We were finishing up eating and Isabella comes out of no where and she’s holding a tray of ice cream sundaes,” Homan said. “She stepped right in between us all without fear and was so proud to thank us for protecting her and her family. [It] was a long day, and after a long week we were physically and emotionally drained. Her gifts of ice cream and her words of encouragement was more than a treat for our stomachs. It lifted our spirits.”

          Homan and his friends took a photo with Isabella that he posted to Facebook. That photo has been shared more than 4,000 times.   “Relief comes in all different shapes and sizes,” Homan wrote in the post, adding that Isabella is “living proof of what makes coming to work everyday worth it.”

Homan said the officers all agreed to “pay it forward” when they return to their communities to serve the public.

As for Isabella, she told her mother that she hopes to invite the officers to her birthday party in March, according to WDRB.

“I truly can not thank them enough for the impact they had on my daughter,” Yockey said.

found on TheBlaze.com posted by Kaitlyn Schallhorn on 9/20/2015

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Comments (23)

  1. willsblog

    The truth is, where would we be if not for dedicated men and women who serve and protect us? What this little girl did WAS amazing but, it should NOT be the exception, it should be the NORM! These people risk life and limb on a daily basis going against the dregs of our society, we should be applauding them as the hero they are rather than throwing them under the bus as the Libs are. The same goes for our military personnel, we should be applauding and thanking them rather than abusing them.

    September 21, 2015
    1. SEC

      she led by example

      September 21, 2015
      1. willsblog

        Yes, she sure did. It makes me think that I need to step up to the plate and do more also. This would be a sorry place to live indeed if it weren’t for law enforcement and Fire Fighters.

        September 21, 2015
        1. SEC

          I too am thinking much the same

          September 21, 2015
          1. Nightbane

            beautiful gesture.
            Beautiful image, too, little child and her very living knights protector.
            Pardon me if I deplore that little children of only FIVE years now understand death and the need of these cheering blokes after a coworker and mate is killed in line of duty.

            September 21, 2015
            1. SEC

              It shames the supposed adults around doesn’t it

              September 21, 2015
          2. Nightbane

            adults have full understanding of what is high occupational hazard. we know it will happen, deplore it, encourage the Divine to look after them, make contributions to funds and organsiations to support the injured and the families, reach out but we also lack the simple innocence and uncomplicated way of addressing of this little girl.
            Has naught to do with shame, is a reminder simple gestures can make far more difference to the living left behind than other methods of support.
            but then, simple things do tend to be most effective.

            September 21, 2015
            1. SEC

              Shame that we do no longer make the simple small gesture of compassion

              September 21, 2015
      2. Nightbane

        Is a shame has been so carefully orchestrated to get more money from more comfortably less directly involved population.

        September 21, 2015
  2. noahbody

    Tears…. so touching. Yes, as said above, where would we be?

    September 21, 2015
    1. SEC

      In places none of us would want

      September 21, 2015
      1. noahbody

        Indeed.

        September 21, 2015
      2. noahbody

        I Hope you don’t mind but I reposted this on Google+. I did not use your name or link in respect for your privacy. But if you wish I can and will credit you…. or even delete it if you object.

        September 21, 2015
        1. SEC

          As I exerpted it from the link at the bottom I have not one objection.

          September 21, 2015
          1. noahbody

            Good. Thanks.

            September 21, 2015
  3. BostonBill

    As I read this, I am reminded of so many things (good feelings and bed). I am reminded of a saying- "from the mouths of BABES’. This young girls actions / feelings came straight from the heart! It gives me hope that there is still a chance for the human race. I too will be passing this on to my friends! Thank you.

    September 21, 2015
    1. SEC

      Thank you

      September 21, 2015
  4. GoldenPig2012

    I saw a similar story about an 11-year old boy “donating” his birthday party to policemen because he felt policemen were, ultimately, trying to be good and were being “bullied” by all the press coverage of mistakes or bad apples or whatever.
    That story and the one you shared gave me pause. I grew up believing the policeman was your friend. Need help? The police will be there and give it. Then, I grew up, found out policemen were human, made my own mistakes and got angry at the police for my own crap. (poor policemen) Now, I KNOW the police are made of humans, some are good, some are not, but, I believe the majority are trying to help. I want to teach my child to believe that, too.

    September 21, 2015
    1. SEC

      I agree, part of my reason for starting this blog was to find and celebrate the good.

      September 21, 2015
      1. GoldenPig2012

        And so we shall and should as it becomes rarer to find in the mass media.

        September 21, 2015
        1. SEC

          this is a group and you are welcome to post what you find here too.

          September 21, 2015
          1. GoldenPig2012

            A “group” of whom and for what? Sorry, I’m confused.

            September 21, 2015
            1. SEC

              It is a group blog (I set it up that way) so that others would also have a place to post things of laudable quality that you want to share with others as encouragement.

              September 21, 2015