After a police officer was murdered in the line of duty, his fellow cops decided to go to America’s most popular fast food chain to buy food for his grieving family. When it was their turn in line, they were met by this cashier.
Officer Blake Snyder was shot point-blank and killed by an 18-year-old man who had been accused of causing a disturbance in a usually quiet, middle-class suburban neighborhood outside of St. Louis in the early morning hours of what should have been an uneventful Thursday shift. Instead, the 33-year-old cop, who is survived by his wife and 2-year-old son, was taken too soon, leaving a grieving family behind, KCRA reported.
Snyder’s killing not only left his family reeling, but the St. Louis Police Department was as well as their relationship with the public felt strained after the officer lost his life in the line of duty. “Obviously the most stressful event that the police department can face is the loss of an officer,” Lt. Karl Bulla, president of the St. Louis County Police Welfare Association, explained. But, a trip to Chick-fil-A would give the department an unexpected renewed sense of hope.
As Officer Blake Snyder’s family, friends, and fellow officers gathered to mourn his death, the group grew hungry, according to KSDK. So, the slain officer’s colleagues decided to order food from a local Chick-fil-A, but they were about to get a whole lot more than just some delicious chicken. In fact, the cashier would have a message for them that they certainly weren’t expecting.
When Bulla and his partner went to pick up the food, they were told the $500 order had already been paid for. “The young lady behind the counter said I just want to let you know this is taken care of,” Bulla recalled. “We’re like, ‘No, the Welfare Association’s going to pay for it.’ She’s like, ‘No, it wasn’t taken care of by us, although we would’ve done that. It was taken care of by a gentleman who, don’t tell him, but he’s sitting right behind you.'”
The officers were taken aback by the unnamed man’s act of kindness, and his unsolicited generosity toward the colleagues of the slain police officer gave the St. Louis County police renewed hope for their relationship with the public. “It’s emotional, you know?” Bulla said. “And that’s the thing that gets officers through this. It gets us through this because the public, I think, are generally good. They support the police department.”
The man, who wished to remain anonymous, explained to them that the St. Louis police had previously apprehended another suspect accused of shooting an officer. That suspect was taken down by police in his own backyard. This was his way of repaying them for keeping his family safe.
Bulla said he and his colleagues hope to return the favor in some way. “You’ve got my card. I’d love for you to call me because we want to take care of you,” Bulla told the man. “If I can just buy you a coffee or take you out to lunch somewhere, it’s the least I can do for you.”
In times of distress and tragedy, it’s always heartwarming to see people come together. Our law enforcement officers suit up every day, willing to put their life on the line to protect and serve. Sadly, they sometimes pay the ultimate price in their efforts to keep their communities safe. Although there can be some bad apples in any profession, our men and women in blue deserve our respect. The vast majority of them just want to go home to their families at night, knowing that they very well may not but choosing to do their duty anyway. It’s nice to see them given the respect they deserve, especially during a difficult time like this one.