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What kid doesn't adore his Little Tikes bubble car? Two-year-old Jaxon Arbuckle is no exception, but during a recent spin around the driveway, the toddler's pretend game turned pretty real—in the most adorable way.
Recently Louisville, Ky., mom Ashley Crawford noticed a police officer dealing with a minor car accident on her block while her son Jaxon was tooling around outside in his treasured cozy coupe.
"I thought, 'How cute would it be if I got a picture of Jaxon pulled over? I waited for him to finish up with his incident report and asked him if he wouldn't mind turning the lights on and pulling Jaxon over," Crawford told Yahoo Parenting.
Crawford picked the right police officer for her unique request.
"I saw this little boy who looked to be not much older than my son, and he was running up and down the street like my son does, and he just made me smile. He had this Little Tikes car, and his mom asked if she could snap some pictures. I would never say no to a boy like that. He kept looking up at me like I was some kind of Transformer. He kept smiling," policeman Bill Mayo said. "I'm just a big kid as it is. In a child's world, make believe and pretend is what it's all about. I would do it a thousand times over."
But it wasn't just a quick photo op. Instead, Mayo spent nearly half an hour with the toddler, playing and taking pictures.
Crawford thinks it's important for others to see Officer Mayo's act of kindness, saying, "You hear so much negativity about police officers. Whenever they're on the news, it's for something bad. But Officer Mayo was the nicest guy I have ever met. It was such an amazing experience."
She also hopes her son will learn that police officers shouldn't be feared, that they are there to help you.
For his part, Mayo says what he did for Jaxon is what any police officer on his squad would do.
"I can assure you that I have witnessed countless of the exact same acts of kindness from my fellow police officers on a daily and weekly basis," he said.
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