As our nation tackles the serious and contentious issues surrounding race, and the role of law enforcement in protecting our communities, many people have felt divided by the opposing forces, both of which have merit. However, regardless of how frustrating the debate can seem at times, it is important to remember that violence never solves anything, and attacking police officers is among the most serious of crimes. Well we just found a story about an old man who is doing his part to make sure cops get to go home at the end of their shift. You are going to love this story when you read it.
One night back in 2016, Lake County, Florida sheriff’s deputy David Causey pulled into a local gas station to fill up his cruiser. As he pumped his gas, he noticed an old man standing nearby.
Recounting the incident on his Facebook page, Causey wrote “I noticed this gentleman show up out of nowhere, standing behind my patrol car scanning the area (apparently better than I had been).”
When he finished pumping his gas, Causey approached the elderly gentleman who simply said “Thank you sir for what you do. I have your back.”
Dumbfounded, Causey said “I just kind of just stood there in shock, that an elderly man was willing to possibly put himself in danger to help me, a complete stranger.”
The elderly man climbed into his car and drove off. He was later identified as a seventy three year old Army veteran named Casey DeLoach. Apparently he has stood watch over officers at gas stations in central Florida since 2015 after the killing of Texas deputy Darren Goforth occurred while he was pumping gas.
After that tragic shooting in 2015, President Barack Obama said “This afternoon, on my way to Alaska, I called Kathleen Goforth, the widow of Harris County Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth – a veteran law enforcement officer who was contemptibly shot and killed over the weekend. On behalf of the American people, I offered Mrs. Goforth my condolences, and told her that Michelle and I would keep her and her family in our prayers. I also promised that I would continue to highlight the uncommon bravery that police officers show in our communities every single day. They put their lives on the line for our safety. Targeting police officers is completely unacceptable – an affront to civilized society. As I said in my State of the Union Address, we’ve got to be able to put ourselves in the shoes of the wife who won’t rest until the police officer she married walks through the door at the end of his shift. That comfort has been taken from Mrs. Goforth. So we must offer her our comfort – and continue to stand up for the safety of police officers wherever they serve.”
It certainly sounds like Mr. Deloach has heard President Obama’s call and taken it to heart, as he stands vigilant over officers on duty.
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