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.