YOU CAN CHANGE THE WORLD, ONE INTERACTION AT A TIME

Blog by Associate Colette Parker

Did you hear about the police officer who got caught on video playing with dolls?

If you didn’t, you missed a heartwarming story.

It goes something like this: Corporal C.B. Fleming — a 15-year veteran of the South Hill, Virginia Police Department — responded to a report of a gas leak at an apartment complex. Once first responders determined that the area was safe, Fleming took the opportunity to play with some of the neighborhood children.

Video footage shows Fleming laying on his stomach on the ground, playing dolls and talking with two young girls.

The woman who captured the video (identified as the mother and aunt of the two girls) lauded Fleming as a community “superhero” who took the time to help the children feel safe by interacting with them in a positive way (Fleming could also be seen in the video coloring with sidewalk chalk and talking with two young boys).

Fleming, of course, said he was just doing what he should.

“When I got into this job, I knew there was something different, other than just writing tickets and being 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.”

Fleming said he hopes his actions, and those of his fellow police officers, will lead to real change in police and community relations. In fact, according to his police chief, Fleming was doing what comes naturally for him – building authentic relationship with people in the community where he serves.

Can you imagine what would happen in our world, if each of us strived to be “that bright spot in someone’s day” and worked to build authentic relationship with the people we encounter each day?

Posted in Associate Blog, News

5 responses to “YOU CAN CHANGE THE WORLD, ONE INTERACTION AT A TIME

  1. Thank you, Collette, for this reflection of an officer who saw God’s beauty in these children.

    Peace & blessings,
    Kathy

  2. What a beautiful thing that would be indeed. As a community who strives for peace, we model for others by simply being civil, offering greetings, smiling, and helping others and our larger communities happily and willingly. Thank you Colette. You always leave me feeling better.

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