ROSENBERG, Texas – A Rosenberg police officer and a Mission West Elementary student were honored after a random act of kindness reverberated across the country.
They met four weeks ago, strangers playing catch for two minutes. They barely spoke. However, a video of the moment turned Police Sgt. Ariel Soltura and Jermaine Ford into rock stars.
Applauded on stage, honored by politicians, given plaques and signed footballs – a new friendship tighter than laces on any pigskin.
“We’ve obviously formed an eternal bond with each other that I think won’t ever be broken,” Soltura said.
Soltura was on the clock, driving and writing tickets until he saw Jermaine tossing a football to himself. Soltura got out, offering kindness.
“I was surprised he was going to come and play football with me,” Jermaine said.
Perhaps more stunning is people’s response. Rosenberg police posted dashcam video of the moment online. Four-thousand Facebook shares later, it went viral.
“It was perfect storm of wonderful events that made people feel good inside. It’s something they were eager to share,” Soltura said.
It’s something Rosenberg’s mayor, two state representatives, peers, teachers and one proud mother stood eager to honor.
“Some people look at law enforcement that they’re putting out; sometimes they talk about police brutality. But there are positive law enforcement out there that have kind hearts,” Tynesha Matthews, Jermaine’s mother, said.
All you have to do is ask Jermaine, who plans to be an officer just like Soltura.
It inspired a board in the hallway for students to come and take their cue from Soltura and perform their own random act of kindness.