"This isn't a unique situation."
More often than not, when we meet police officers on our worst days. And that tinges how many of us view them. However, that wasn't the case, when Evansville officer Phil Luecke pulled up next to a mother and her children at a stoplight last night.
"The young man in the back seat of the car rolled down his window", said Luecke. "He was waving, smiling, everything like that. So I rolled down my window and I was talking to him. So I asked his mother if she would pull off and she did."
Now being pulled over by the police is not usually a positive thing. However, this encounter with the blue was much different.
"I remembered that I had some toys leftover from the FOP Christmas party in the back", said Luecke. "The young man got out. I got out, and I handed him one of these toys. The mom got out and was taking pictures. She was very, very grateful."
Not seeking the limelight, Detective Luecke, a 22-year veteran on the force, didn't expect to hear anything more after that. However, thanks to these pictures on social media, the story has taken off. And he sees that as a positive.
"We have almost 300 police officers for the city", said Luecke. "A hundred or so in the county, and officers do these things all the time. They don't necessarily jump in front of the camera. But they do it within their families, their churches, their schools, when they're making runs. It doesn't get as publicized as we like."
And Officer Luecke says that's the message.
"We like to be seen in a different light", said Luecke. "We show up at scenes in situations where things are bad. We really are good people. We enjoy making people happy. A lot of people may not believe that but if we can go home at the end of the day with a smile on our face everybody wins."