Last week, my wife and I, snowbirds from Boston, were enjoying lunch at Five Guys on Manatee Avenue. As we ate, we were joined by a sergeant from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Department, on motorcycle,who ordered, paid for, and patiently awaited his lunch. Watching this gentleman were a young woman with three children whom we took to be siblings. Their lunch arrived, as did the officer’s.
They moved outside to eat, the officer proceeded to his vehicle, donned his helmet, placing lunch in a pannier, and pulled slowly into the parking lot.
He saw the group raptly watching and swung into an open spot near them, parked, dismounted, removed his helmet, waved them over, and, one by one placed them aboard the bike, each wearing his helmet. Their delight was obvious as was that of the young woman who took a photo of each child, in uniform.
As the sergeant rode off, my wife and I who were spellbound by this performance, mused that we’d expect these young folks to be lifelong respecters of the law and those who serve in dangerous circumstances to preserve it.