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Four-year-old lifts spirits of Va. officer, helps him see ‘true nature of things’

(Photo: Instagram)

SOUTH HILL, Va. (WSET) -- A Virginia police officer shared an inspirational post recently about a little girl, he said brightened his day after a "heartbreaking call."

Officer Brandon Fleming, with the South Hill Police Department, shared the story on Instagram.

“While finishing up assisting with a heartbreaking call the other day, I found myself sadly walking to my car alone in my thoughts,” Fleming wrote. “Out of nowhere I hear the sweetest little voice greeting me, ‘Hi Mr Officer!'”

That's when Officer Fleming saw Nariah.

“I turn to find this lovely young lady walking with her mom. I was taken aback by her joyful nature and I attempt to greet her with as much jubilation as she did with me,” he continued. “I asked how she was and she informed me that she was great that day and that it was her birthday.”

This little four-year-old then melted the officer's heart.

“She asked out of nowhere ‘can I have a hug for my birthday?'” he wrote. “I ran as fast as I could to her as she did to me and grabbed her and received the most genuine of hugs ever.”

Then Nariah asked him for a sticker badge, but Officer Fleming didn't have one, so he said he would bring one along with some birthday presents a few days later.

“This right here is why I do the job I do. For MY community. For EVERYONE’S children. For the betterment of US all,” he said. “If someone so small can show such a great deal of love and compassion to me, a complete stranger, then why can’t we all do the same for one another? We sometimes forget how great and innocent a youthful mind can be and how wonderful and beautiful their perception of this world truly is. For lifting the veil of clouds and showing me the true nature of things. For giving me hope that all is not lost in this world. For allowing me to be loved and cared for by my community. For showing your bright spirit to me, and for making me just happy.”

Officer Fleming called Nariah an inspiration to us all.

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