An Alabama deputy still gets emotional thinking about the kind gesture he experienced while having lunch earlier this week in Lee County.
Deputy Manuel Stone said he was grabbing a quick bite to eat when three young ladies walked up to him.
“They walked up with a piece of paper and said, will you do us a favor, and I said sure. They said, don’t open this note until we leave, and I was like okay. So, they left, and I opened it. The note says: ‘We have paid for your meal. Thank you for your service to our community.’ It made me feel really good. I still get a little teary-eyed,” said Deputy Stone.
Deputy Stone has kept the note with him in his patrol vehicle since the kind gesture.
Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones told WRBL not a day goes by someone doesn’t thank him or one of his deputies.
“It means so much, more than anyone will ever know. It’s fascinating how a simple piece of paper can be transformed into what our peace officers consider a priceless document when the words of a youngster are applied in support of us,” Sheriff Jones said.
Deputy Stone says this gesture on behalf of the three teenagers really touched his heart because it came from a younger generation.
He says these kind gestures, like having a meal paid for along with a kind note, will go a long way as we continue to build an even better, more unified community.
“We hear about so much negative. I want to share the positives on all sides, we need more of that,” shared Deputy Stone.