These days, too many people never hear about the daily kindness of police officers, about the things they do, unseen, unheard, never praised, to help and care for others. Often, those things have nothing to do with their duties. They could easily ignore the needs of others, and no one would know or think less of them–but they would.
Get out the Kleenex for this one, via Fox News:
When Officer Damon Cole pulled Joshua Garcia’s little body from the pool, he was wearing a Spider-Man shirt and shoes.
But it was too late. The 5-year-old boy tragically drowned while playing in a pool in his Fort Worth, Texas, hometown.
Amid the heartbreak, family members agreed that their audacious mini hero would have a Spider-Man funeral. Officer Cole, the first one to arrive at the scene was in for the novel idea.
‘There’s not a minute that has gone by that I haven’t thought about Joshua and his family,’ he said to WFAA, an ABC affiliate in the area.
Little Joshua was laid to rest on Tuesday, wearing the Spider-Man costume he so cherished.
Officer Cole, dressed as Spider-Man, stood at Joshua’s casket until it was lowered into the ground.
‘It’s really hard to sit here and watch them bury their loved one, because I’m the one who found him,’ Cole told WFAA.
‘I really wanted to save that boy,’ he said.
Family members told reporters that the Spider-Man tribute has helped them in the grieving process.
This isn’t the first time Officer Cole, a father of a 7-year-old daughter, has been a child’s hero. As a member of the Heroes Cops and Kids program, an organization comprised of Dallas police officers and community leaders, he has a long history of going above and beyond in his off-duty hours.
Dressed as Superman, the police officer once drove his tricked-out Super-Man car 11 hours, taking vacation days, to visit a 7-year-old boy with cancer.
It doesn’t get more heroic than that.