The softer side seldom seen.

 

Photographer Jilli Nel captured the moment after a female shopper had a seizure. 

 

“I could see the paramedics were putting the lady that had a seizure onto the stretcher,” said Nel. 

 

Officer Black has been working off duty at the mall for 25 years. He was working Saturday when he got the call. 

 

“By the time I got there, the lady had recovered somewhat, and was sitting on a seat with a small baby carrier at her feet,” said Black. “She was still shaking very badly, and I was afraid she would drop the baby.” 

 

So, he asked if he could hold the baby for her. 

 

"And I looked and the next thing I saw Officer Black, and there he was. Holding this little tiny bundle of joy, just feeding her, the two of them in their own little world," said Nel. "It was so beautiful, it just touched my heart so much, that I had to stop and just talk to him and ask him if I could take his picture."

 

Black has 12 grandchildren and 2 adopted grandchildren, so this wasn't his first rodeo. 

 

Nel is an artist, and normally stops to take pictures. She says this moment melted her heart, and she decided to share the picture on Facebook. It has since gone viral and both Officer Black and Nel have gotten messages from all over. 

Nel says lately there have been many negative stories regarding cops and racism. She says this picture shows a different story.

 

Photo Courtesy of Jilli Nel

Taken at Oak Park Mall, the photo shows Officer Andy Black feeding the infant. 

 

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Comments (16)

  1. fierylady

    Awww!!

    June 09, 2015
    1. SEC

      yup does melt one

      June 09, 2015
  2. Bettymom

    How sweet.

    June 09, 2015
    1. SEC

      very

      June 09, 2015
  3. funfreak

    Seldom seen because we are assaulted with images and videos of moments that are not so graceful.

    June 09, 2015
    1. SEC

      yes indeed and it is more than a shame

      June 09, 2015
      1. funfreak

        And I am more than a little concerned.

        June 09, 2015
        1. SEC

          me too

          June 09, 2015
  4. pastormike

    definitely a side of things we need to see more.

    June 09, 2015
    1. SEC

      Amen

      June 09, 2015
  5. scorpiotiger

    So sweet.

    June 09, 2015
    1. SEC

      June 09, 2015
  6. Walkaboutman

    Love unconditionaly makes the world go round. Action from the soul,beautiful.

    June 09, 2015
    1. SEC

      And sometimes one has to counter the drumbeat of the negatives

      June 09, 2015
  7. cherpiecherp

    sweet

    June 10, 2015
    1. SEC

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