Cop Notices His Car Has A Bag On Roof, But It's Not What's Inside That Startles Him The Most
FaithTap Staff 12/18/2015
When he noticed a mysterious item on his parked cruiser, this deputy's well honed instincts took over. He quickly looked around for suspicious activity before he approached it with extreme caution.
A Bag Of What?
A former SWAT team member, Orange County Sheriff's Deputy Investigator Bob Taft was no stranger to dealing with ominous threats. Carefully looking to see if anyone else was in the vicinity, he was on his guard when he went to investigate the mysterious object left on the roof of his car.
An Early Christmas Present?
But as he got closer to his cruiser, he noticed a blue and white ribbon on the bag. He smiled as he got closer, and appreciated that the blue strip and white stars represented men in blue who serve and protect our nation's cities on a daily basis.
Celebrating Those Who Put Their Life On The Line
Far from an explosive device or illegal cache of narcotics, the surprise package was actually a gift from a thoughtful Secret Santa citizen in San Juan Capistrano, who wanted to honor the law enforcement family this Christmas season.
Not A Regulation Survival Kit
As a former Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps, he understood the need for a multi-tasking on-the-job survival tool. But this secret citizen whipped up a clever survival kit like nothing he's ever encountered before.
- Lifesaver - to remind you of the many times you have been one
- Smarties - to give you wisdom for those split second decision
- Starburst - for the burst of energy you need
- Hersheys Kisses - to show our love for you
- Gum - to help everyone stick together
- Tootsie Roll - to help you roll with the punches
- Peppermint Patty - to help keep your cool
- Dum Dum - because you deal with a lot of them
- Pay Day - because you're not doing it for the money
- Laffy Taffy - to remind you that laughter is a great stress reliever
It must have taken a bit of time for this person to organize not only the candy that would be given, but the witty phrases to go with it!
But It's Sweet On Words
Filled to the brim with sweets, it was the witty words that accompanied each treat that caught his attention.
When he spoke to the Hermosa Beach Patch, Bob said he's been thanked many times by strangers, but never in such an overt manner.
I really appreciate them taking the time to put that together to show their appreciation.
Lt. Jeff Hallock, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, also said that gestures like these make you feel good and appreciated.
Proud Of Their Own
Proud that one of their own was the recipient of such a clever gift, the OCSD was happy to share the love on their Facebook page.
Stop And Say Thank You
If you happen to see a law enforcement officer or fireman out and about this holiday season, be sure to tell them how much you appreciate them. A simple "thank you" will do. Remember, they are spending time away from their families to keep you and yours safe.