A Massachusetts officer in the Greater Boston Area fought off the local cold weather with a heartwarming letter written by a citizen he had never met.
An unnamed Peabody PD officer took on an undesirable detail at an outdoor mall thought it would be just another day in the cold, walking through the common areas and directing traffic in the sub-freezing temperatures.
“I didn’t take it because I needed the money, nor because I couldn’t find anything better, or more comfortable to do,” the officer wrote. “But rather, I did so because I have always had this sense of obligation. I’m not sure where it comes from but it has caused me to many times accept details that common sense dictated that you shouldn’t.“
Exposed to the elements, the officer performed around 100 patrols around the mall’s grounds. On one loop, however, a woman and her son approached the lawman, passing him an envelope with spy-like brevity and precision.
“A woman with her son came up to me and handed me an envelope and said thank you,” he wrote. “She didn’t miss a step and kept walking.”
Upon opening the note, he suddenly felt the bitter cold and soreness in his feet leave his body. It read:
“Dear Police Officer,
This is a note to thank you.
Thank you for risking your life every day for complete strangers.
Thank you for working days, nights, weekends, holidays, birthdays and countless other special occasions to keep us safe.
Thank you for continuing to do the job you were sworn to do despite all that is happening around you.
You are strong, you are brave, you are a hero.
You will always have my deepest appreciation, respect and support.
In his 37 years on the job, the officer said it was a first. Soaking in the moment, he continued his patrol before later posting it on the department’s Facebook page.
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