Upon first look, this image seems to show a cop holding an abandoned toddler in Georgia. However, everything isn’t always as it seems. Once you look closely at the photo, you will understand why this image has gone viral.
After Hurst, an officer of the law for less than a year, found the child in a high-traffic area, he grabbed the boy and took him straight to the emergency room via ambulance to be examined and treated. Hurst provided the ambulance with a police escort to the hospital. While at the hospital, a photo was taken of Officer Hurst watching over after the child. It was posted online by the Savannah Police Department, where it received a huge response.
A closer look at the image reveals that he is indeed waiting with the child in the hospital, proving to be an excellent security blanket for the scared and lonely little boy. The image of Officer Hurst was not taken at the scene in the back of an ambulance like many may have assumed at first glance. No, he’s there, in the hospital, with the toddler. Not only that, he’s not just at the child’s side, comforting him, he’s on the stretcher with the boy scooped up in his arms, showing him love like a father would. Some heroes wear capes, but this one happened to wear a badge.
“So, I picked him up. Minutes later, I was standing and he was asleep on my chest, and with all my body armor and my gun belt, became very heavy holding this small child. So that’s when I decided to sit down on the bed and make it easier for him and me,” Hurst furthered.
Whether it was empathy or fatherly instincts, Hurst managed to calm the distraught, 20-pound toddler, rubbing his back and rocking him. He even managed to get the boy to relax enough to fall asleep on his chest. The boy then snoozed for nearly an hour, feeling comforted and secure, according to TODAY. Unsurprisingly, the photo of Hurst holding the child on the stretcher went viral since it depicted the officer going above and beyond, even though he considers what he did to be just doing his job.
But, like most good guys, Officer Hurst doesn’t think he did anything special. “It’s what we do, every single day; not just me, but the 600 officers that are on this department,” he said. “This job is so much more than just chasing the bad guys. It is about serving the citizens of the communities you work in and doing what they need you to do.”