Policing has always been a dangerous job, but more often than not, it’s them coming under fire for being violent. Those in radical groups like Black Lives Matter show more outrage over a man being killed while threatening an officer’s life than an officer being killed mercilessly. Radicals associated with the movement have been responsible for two notable massacres of police officers, one in Dallas, and the other in Baton Rouge.
Back in 2014, Deputy Sheriff Cruz Thomas was killed in a vehicle crash on while attempting to catch a traffic violator at night.
A tractor trailer traveling in the same direction attempted to change lanes, causing Deputy Thomas’ vehicle to leave the highway, overturn, and strike several trees. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Today, his daughter released a tribute to her fallen father, and it’s going viral for a reason. She turned three on Tuesday.
As Fox 5 Atlanta reported:
Georgia-based photographer Mary Lee shared touching photos with FOX 5 she captured of Taliya praying for her father, as well as all of the officers who serve and protect our nation. In the photos, Taliya is wearing her dad’s uniform and hat.
“She carries his badge,” Lee told FOX 5.
Lee said during the photo session a yellow butterfly flew around Taliya and the insect followed the girl at several locations.
“She said ‘that’s my daddy sending me butterfly kisses from heaven for my birthday,’” Lee recalled. “She is such a smart little girl.”
Lee said every year since her father has been gone, Taliya sends balloons to heaven on her birthday.
“Her smile will light up any room,” Lee said. “To be so young, she understands her daddy is in heaven and she knows he watches over her.”
Here are some photos:
So far this year, eighty-five officers have died in the line of duty. Thus far, there’s been a 50 percent increase in firearm related deaths among officers.
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