Nine-year-old Noah was with his mother, Amanda Cantin, on «Bring Your Child to Work Day» when they went to a local Denny’s in Lakeland, Florida to get breakfast.
“He said, ‘Mom there’s a police officer down there, can I go say hi?’” Amanda said.
Amanda said that as Noah approached Officer Eddie Benitez, he got nervous, not knowing what to say, because he wants to be a police officer himself one day.
So instead, he did something that floored the officer. Noah had been saving up his birthday money and he decided he would pay for Officer Benitez’s breakfast.
After picking up the check, Noah wanted to write a note on the officer’s receipt, which he would personally hand to him.
Noah then presented the check to Officer Benitez, who was stunned by the gesture.
“He didn’t understand why this little boy was walking down there with his tab. His face was very shocked,” Amanda said.
Officer Benitez was so touched by Noah’s act of kindness and the special message on his receipt that he carries it around with him every day.
“It meant everything,” he said. “It meant that I’m supposed to wake up every morning and put on this uniform and go out there and do what I do. You know? It means that I need to keep trying to be a good example to all these young guys.”
Later that day, the Lakeland Police Department thanked Noah in a Facebook post, saying his good deed made their day.
“I’m going to make the world a better place and capture the bad guys,” he said.
“If ten years from now, he puts on that uniform and has that badge on, I will be a one proud mom,” Amanda said.