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.