Law enforcement officers were on duty at local schools this week to show a united force of support in the wake of the Dec. 14 Newtown school shootings in Connecticut. That's what turned a chance meeting between Hillsborough County Sheriff's Cpl. Lance Connors and a Mango Elementary School student into a touching moment to remember.
It happened Dec. 20, at around 7 a.m., when Connors, in uniform, reportedly was on patrol for a fourth day at the school's student drop-off area, in the Greater Brandon area of Seffner.
The young girl, named Karmen, reportedly walked by him as he said, "Good morning."
She then stopped, turned around, reached into her backpack and withdrew a folded piece of notebook paper. The note, with a hand-drawn heart, signed by Karmen, read:
"Dear Officers thank you for making my school safe merry Chrismas.''
She gave the note to Connors, who had opened it quickly, and in time to yell out a quick, "Thank you," as the young student headed to class.
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