OXON HILL, Md. – It was a simple gesture for a group of police officers so sincerely felt in their department that Prince George’s County Police are repaying the kindness — taking the family out to lunch.
It was Christmas Day when at breakfast with his family at IHOP, Kyle Myers saw a group of police officers dining a few tables over.
“I said to my wife, ‘Babe, I think I want to buy the officers breakfast this morning. What do you think?’ She said, ‘By all means do it,'” Myers says.
While he wanted to remain anonymous, Myers says the officers were persistent in finding who to thank. The group later took a picture that was shared on Facebook. An act of kindness that was ‘liked’ more than 4,000 times.
It wasn’t just the courtesy of buying breakfast that rippled through PGPD, says Chief Mark Magaw. It was the feeling of appreciation that boosted morale in his department.
“This one act on Christmas morning rippled through the entire police department, not only in our community, but people outside, care about police, care about us personally,” Magaw says.
Myers, who lives in Delaware, says he didn’t do it for any reason other than it felt right.
“When you see something that strikes you, act on it. If there’s a lesson to be learned it’s that,” Myers says.
He says he was moved by the humility of the officers and how graciously they received the gift.
The department treated the family to lunch on Friday at Fiorella’s Italian restaurant in National Harbor to offer its thanks.