A police officer in South Bend, Indiana, is encouraging a young man’s entrepreneurial spirit in a big way.
As 12-year-old Jaelynn Wilson watched his mom heading out to work not long ago, he made up his mind to “step up” his game and start selling lemonade, cookies, and punch every few weeks, he explained during an interview Tuesday on Fox & Friends.
When Officer Ron Glon of the South Bend Police Department (SBPD) heard about the small business, he paid Wilson and his four-year-old brother a visit and gave them an offer they could not refuse.
“Me and Jaeylnn are going to be waiting on people, collecting money, serving drinks, and I’m going to match 100 percent of what we take in,” the officer explained, according to WTHR.
Wilson said the officer’s kindness rendered him speechless.
“It almost came to my heart, and I thought of him like a family member because it really meant a lot for a police officer to help somebody who they don’t even know,” he commented.
It was important for young kids to be reassured that most police officers were good people, according to Glon.
“His mother is concerned about him not knowing whether or not to trust police officers or not. My job is to tell him that he has nothing to worry about. Don’t be fearful. Don’t be afraid of us,” he said.
On Twitter Monday, the SBPD wrote that Glon’s act of kindness was turning into a special friendship between the two:
How about a feel-good story to kick off your work week?
What started as an act of kindness seems to be turning into a friendship between Officer Glon and 12-year-old Jaelynn! https://t.co/hjcE2ZV7QO
— South Bend Police (@southbendpolice) July 27, 2020
The department’s website said it worked to “build and sustain community-police relationships to advance a culture of trust and inclusion.”
When asked Tuesday how he felt about police officers, Wilson said, “I trust cops.”
“I know there are things going on. There are things going around the media and it’s changed the way our world kind of is today and I understand that they have to look at that and they have to be able to change that in a different way,” he noted.
“But I’ve never been scared, I’ve never been frightened. I’ve always actually loved cops,” Wilson concluded.