When you’re a kid, the police are the closest thing you have to real-life superheroes. These men and women dress in uniforms, patrol the streets, and thwart bad guys in our neighborhoods and cities.
Indeed, many children look up to police officers so much that they pursue similar lines of work. Before then, though, there’s only so much they can do to help keep the peace, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be on the lookout for suspicious activity!
So when 12 children in Surrey, England, spotted a criminal during an Easter egg hunt, their first instinct was to do everything they could to help the police. That’s when they came up with a brilliant idea…
Hero worship, to one degree or another, is quite common among children of a certain age. That shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, though. After all, half of the stories kids read and watch seem to be about people who save the day!
It’s important to instill a sense of heroism in young children so that they learn the difference between right and wrong, gain confidence in their own abilities, and develop a sense of respect for the “good guys” in real life.
With that in mind, since fictional heroes like Harry Potter and Superman don’t exist beyond the realm of fiction, many kids come to appreciate the real heroes of their respective communities even more: their local police officers!
Until they become old enough to work in law enforcement themselves, though, the moments in which kids could become actual heroes are usually few and far between. Luckily, when it does happen, some children seize the opportunity…
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For instance, when a group of children in Surrey, England, spotted a criminal on the run, they wanted to do whatever they could to help their heroes. They had no way to tell the police officers—who were scouting the area above them in a helicopter—so the kids had to think fast. After all, the suspect would be difficult to spot from the helicopter.
One of the kids shouted, “Let’s get into an arrow!” At first, the officers thought it was nothing more than a prank, but when they realized what the kids were doing, they managed to locate and apprehend not one, but two suspects.
The kids pointed them in the right direction—literally! Just mere minutes later, the police officers landed their helicopter in the field and praised the kids’ quick and clever thinking. It must have felt good for those children to know that their courage was recognized by their heroes!
As if they hadn’t already shown enough heroism, the children had been participating in an Easter egg hunt in order to raise money for leukemia. It turned out that these kids were heroes even before they helped stop a criminal!
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Even at such young ages, these kids show a heck of a lot of promise. It’s easy to believe that they might have a future in a law enforcement career someday. At the very least, they’ve certainly shown a great deal of bravery!
In the meantime, you’re definitely going to want to see the amazing footage from the police officers’ perspectives inside the helicopter. It’s difficult to appreciate speed and ingenuity of these youngsters until you see the events unfold for yourself!
It’s fantastic that kids like them are out in the world to make it a better place. Cheers to these young heroes!
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