Everybody needs a hero. South Hill, Va., has one in policeman C.B. Fleming.
Richmond television station WTVR chronicles the story of Fleming and how he has taken an active role in his community.
“They need someone who they feel is a superhero,” Iesha Roper-Boswell told the station.
Roper-Boswell believes her daughter and other children in the community have found such a man of service in Fleming, a 42-year-old South Hill Police corporal. South Hill is a town of about 4,000 citizens about 90 miles southwest of Richmond near the North Carolina border.
“He’s awesome. That’s the only word you can really use to describe C.B.,” she told WTVR. “It’s just amazing, the bond he has with the children.”
During a recent response to a gas leak at the apartment, Fleming noticed a group of children who were playing outside.
Once he determined the leak was not a threat, Fleming wanted to make sure the children felt safe.
So, he laid down and played dolls with them. Roper-Boswell recorded impromptu video of his interaction and posted it to her Facebook page.
A false alarm gas leak turned into a full out play session in Mecklenburg Manor today! We definitely need more cops like him!!! Thanks for taking the time out to play with the kids!!
“It’s something I’ve always tried to do,” Fleming, who will be celebrating his 15th year on the force, told WTVR about his interaction with the children. “When I got into this job, I knew there was something different, other than just writing tickets and being the bad person all the time. I figured if I could be that bright spot in someone’s day then that’s all that mattered.”
It was testimony to how much impact a compassionate public servant can have for the people he serves.
Hopefully, more of them will take notice and perhaps emulate Fleming and his actions.