Jessica Dunbar, a mother and waitress at Red Robin in Polaris, Ohio, picked up on the somber mood almost immediately: Seated at one of her tables were nine police officers., who had stopped by for a bite to eat after attending a fellow officer’s funeral.
They had stopped by for a bite to eat after attending a fellow officer’s funeral. Steven Smith, a S.W.A.T. team member of the Columbus Police Department in Ohio, was shot during a stand-off on April 10 last year. He succumbed to his injuries two days later and was laid to rest one week later. Hundreds of officers from all over the country attended his funeral.
Jessica asked how they were doing. She recalls, “One guy said, ‘You know, it’s always a rough day when you’ve gotta put a brother in the ground.'”
“Right after that, I was like, ‘I’ve gotta do something nice,’” the waitress said.
Her compassion came from a very personal place. The fallen officer “left behind a wife and kids. It could’ve been me. It could’ve been my dad,” Jessica thought. Her own father is a retired police officer.
“Officers,” she wrote on the back of their check, “Your bill is on me today. I can’t imagine the day you all have had, let alone what you go through every day. I hope your days get better. So much respect. #WeSeeYou #PoliceLivesMatter #RIPOfficerSmith”
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