Female police deputy Tommi Jones Kelley took to Facebook to share the kind act of a teen at a local gas station. Mckinley Zoellner was at the gas station with his mother when he saw the female deputy get out of her vehicle to pump gas. A Houston police officer was gunned down while pumping gas just a week prior, so the teen offered to stand behind the officer while she pumped her gas. The officer was taken aback by the teen’s actions and thanked him for having her back and shared a selfie the pair took at the pump.
The Daily Mail reports that Tommi Jones Kelley, a female deputy constable in Texas, was pumping gas when she got an unlikely surprise from a kind-hearted teen. Kelley says that the teen, Mckinley Zoellner, approached her as she began to pump gas and asked if he could stand behind her as a human shield and protect her as she pumped her gas. The act may seem somewhat bizarre, but the female officer notes it was noble given the fact that another officer was murdered just a week before in Houston while pumping his gas.
Kelley was so taken aback by the teen’s actions that she took a selfie with the boy and posted it to her Facebook account. In the post, Kelley noted that the kind gesture gave her hope that there are still some “awesome individuals out there.” Officer Kelley says that it was “pouring rain” as the teen stood at her back as she put the gas into her patrol car. She says the teen stood in the rain the entire time until she was finished and ready to pull away.
“Ok, so EARLY this morning I was pumping gas in my patrol car (reason I look like a Hot Mess!)…& add it was pouring rain…When this teenager I’ve never met before is standing right behind me & says, ‘ma’am, do u mind if I stand here behind you while u get ur gas?’ My initial response was ‘and why?’…His reply, ‘to make sure You stay safe!’ Finished pumping my gas & he was still standing there, in the rain. Then he got into the car with his mother. I told her she has an amazing son. She said he wanted to make sure no one hurt me. With all the terror going on nationwide, this reassured me there are still some pretty awesome individuals out there!”
Though the gesture may seem strange, Kelley says the simple act gave her reassurance as there is “terror going on nationwide.” It was noted that the terror may stem from the fact that three police officers have been murdered in just a few short days in both Texas and Illinois.
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