INDEPENDENCE, MO (WDAF/CNN) – Police are looking for a teenager in Independence Missouri — but not because he did anything wrong.
It’s what the young man did right that has authorities wanting to talk to him.
A random act of kindness – captured in a photograph that went viral.
A police officer snapped the photo.
He had just stopped for a bite to eat on Sunday when he saw a the teen helping an elderly woman in need in the parking lot.
Officer Joe Holt says, “It was pouring down rain, and all the sudden I see this teenager running across the parking lot taking his coat off.”
Holt sat back in his patrol car in awe of this teenager – watching as he took off his own jacket – and draped it over an elderly woman struggling to get to her car — escorting her the rest of the way there.
Officer Holt says, “I was just totally thrilled by it and I couldn’t let it go unnoticed.”
So he followed the boy to his mom’s van where he described what her son had just done.
Officer Joe Holt says, “She teared up pretty good. It was a moment between the both of us. I mean I teared up a little bit. I’m a parent as well. So, I told her that I was very impressed with him and that he should be proud.”
Holt posted the picture to Facebook – which created quite a buzz. Inspiring kindness around the world
Officer Joe Holt says, “It has gone viral. I mean there’s people from New York, Brunswick.”
New Brunswick in Canada that is. But Holt only wants to talk to one person – the boy with a big heart in this picture.
Do you know him?
Officer Joe Holt says, “As much love that kid displayed that day, that kid could go places. And I think he could set an example for what society needs to be.”
Holt wants to reward him with dinner.
Officer Joe Holt says, “He’s the hero. I’m just the photographer in this situation. So it’s wherever he wants to go. It’s on my dime. So he can pick.”
Officer Holt extended a public invitation to the teenager to reach out to the Independence Police Department.