Nine-year-old thanks police with touching note at diner
For the past five years, nine-year-old Noah Cantin has only had one job on his mind for the future: becoming a police officer. One day, the young boy was having breakfast with his mother at a diner in Florida when he saw one of his uniformed idols sitting at the table opposite.
The student decided to pay for the officer's food using some of his birthday money. On the check, Noah also scribbled the following words: "I want to be you when I grow up. Thank you for your service."
The shy boy wandered up to Eddie Benitez's table and handed the check containing the message over to the officer. Taken by surprise, Officer Benitez read the nine-year-old's words and immediately sprang up from his chair to thank his new fan. "It meant everything," Officer Benitez said. "It meant that I'm supposed to wake up every morning and put on this uniform. It means that I need to keep trying to be a good example to all these young guys."
To help remind him of this, Officer Benitez carries Noah's note around with him every day. Inspired by the meeting, Noah now wants to be a police officer more than ever: "I'm going to make the world a better place and capture the bad guys!"