Military families understand how hard it is to watch a loved one go off on deployment. Even if you know they’ll be returning in due time, you never know if it could be the last time you’ll ever see them. Although this is a difficult thing to admit or comprehend, the truth of it is always there. And it is extremely hard to live with – especially when children are in the picture.
Recently, San Diego police gave two children the chance to say goodbye to their departing Navy father in a special way as his ship pulled away from San Diego shoreline.
As you will see in the photos shared below by the San Diego Police Department, four-year-old Rileigh and her two-year-old brother Austin got to use an officer’s PA system to shout goodbye to their departing father – and this simple gesture of kindness meant the world to the little children.
See the images and hear more about this heartwarming story when you continue reading below!
Officer James Weaver realized that he could give two children a chance at one last goodbye as he was parked near the shore during the departure of USS Carl Vinson. Josh Buetow, who was being deployed for the first time, was onboard the large vessel. And his children were going to miss him dearly.
Because Officer Weaver saw the two children screaming for their father, he offered them his PA system to amplify their tiny voices – and it meant the world to these children.
“As I was sitting there, I saw the family over here and the two little kids were by the rocks over here screaming to Dad yelling ‘Bye,’ and I figured that he couldn’t hear them because I could barely hear them from across the parking lot,” Weaver told KNSD. “So I just pulled my car over and asked if they wanted to use the PA system.”
“Bye daddy, we love you!” the children shouted, according to their mother, Brettany Buetow. She said that Officer Weaver’s simple gesture touched her heart.
“I did not expect it at all,” she said.
Because the San Diego Police Department snapped a few photos of the moment, they shared it on their Facebook page and it quickly went viral. Viewers from around the world shared their appreciation on the social media post.
But Beutow was very grateful that the officer gave her children a chance to say a final goodbye. She said that it was a memorable act of kindness her children will never forget.
“It meant a lot to us,” said Beutow. “I was holding it together pretty well until he asked them if they wanted to do that, and I just slowly broke down and started crying.”
Beutow shared the moment on her Facebook page, too, writing: “Shout out to the San Diego Police Officer who pulled up next to us and asked if Rileigh and Austin wanted to tell their daddy they loved him as his ship went by, leaving for deployment.”
She continued by sharing her gratitude to all men and women in uniform – military, police, and firefighters alike.
“I am so grateful for ALL of the men and women in uniform who serve and protect our country!”
What do you think about this simple act of kindness?
Please SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS