A police officer in Collier County, Florida, was left in tears after an encounter with a little girl at the gas station.
Corporal Sherry Rego was at the gas station when the girl ran up to her and hugged her. The girl had previously met Rego under grim circumstances.
Rego took to her Facebook page to share the incident and it was picked up by the sheriff’s office; and has since gone viral. “Cpl. Sherry Rego describes today as the best day of her entire year,” the Collier County Sheriff’s Office shared on Sept. 25.
“She was crying happy tears a minute ago when we called and asked permission to share this beautiful post from her personal facebook page.”
“Today God reminded me why I do what I do!” Rego had written. “While pumping gas this beautiful girl came to my truck… tears rolled in my eyes as I looked at her, her parents and big brother…
“Her mom said to her do you remember your angel, why did she say this? Because just over 3 years ago I was giving her lifeless daughter CPR. She was almost 2 and today she proudly shared she is 5 and on her way to Disney!
“This was such a blessed reminder why I do the job I do, and beyond grateful to the amazing agency I work for that believes in top-notch training for their deputies and equipment to do our everyday tasks.
“Enjoy your Disney weekend pretty girl, you left my heart so full today.”
The photos show the girl smiling in Rego’s arms and was confirmation that she’s where she needs to be and doing what she needs to be doing.
The Collier County Sheriff’s Office’s story has been shared over 8,000 times and reacted to over 19,000. It’s gotten over 1,300 comments, many of them positive messages of support for the police. We are grateful for officers like Rego because of whom our communities feel safer.