A photo of a pair of children praying for the safety of their policeman father has gone viral for capturing the feelings of many cop families across the country.
The image, shared on Facebook by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, shows a little boy and little girl snapped by their mother kneeling in prayer next to a police car.
The kids are both wearing miniature police gear, with the girl in a cap and police vest and the boy in a full uniform and wide-brimmed hat.
They kneel in the grass on either side of the yellow Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department logo on the white car door.
The caption simply reads: ‘Praying their father and all police officers return home safely.’
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The mother of the children, a wife of a police officer, wished to remain anonymous when she submitted the image.
Since the photo was posted on Sunday, it has been shared well over 7,000 times and gained more than another 7,000 likes.
Dozens of people also came out to comment on the post in support of the children, including many others who have had family members in law enforcement.
‘Too many nights I did this for my dad,’ said one user. ‘I miss him so much. I will continue to pray for everyone else’s mom and dad to come home safely every shift.’
Speaking to Today.com, IMPD spokesperson Patrolman Jim Gillespie described the image as ‘a message of hope and a reminder of the attitude that the majority of citizens have for us, which is a supportive one.’
The photo comes among a contentious time between the public and police officers following the shootings of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana and the subsequent killing of multiple police officers from Dallas and Baton Rouge.
The latter shootings in Baton Rouge happened the day the image was posted, and the IMPD Police Chief Troy Riggs also released a statement in response to the shooting.
‘In nearly 30 years of law enforcement, I have never witnessed the types of brazen attacks we are seeing against officers,’ he said. ‘
The photo echoes another that was shared back in March by Cleveland County police officer Jordan Perkins. It features his two children joining him in his car for a prayer before his shift.
Credits: Daily Mail