See Viral Photos of People Protecting Cops at Gas Stations

After a cop was killed at a gas station, gestures of kindness are spreading.

ByABC News
September 8, 2015, 2:11 PM

— -- After a Texas deputy was killed in an unprovoked attack at a gas station, at least two young people have reached out to show law enforcement that their communities care about police safety.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police officer Dustin Keedy shared the story of his meeting a woman and her daughter this weekend when he stopped for gas during the night shift.

"She gave me a giant hug and told me that her and her mommy were going to wait with me while I fueled up so no bad guys snuck up on me," Keedy wrote on the police department's Facebook page.

This and other acts of kindness are in response to Deputy Darren Goforth’s death outside Houston last month. The Harris County Sheriff's officer was killed at a gas station in Cypress, Texas, in an apparent unprovoked attack Aug. 28. Authorities said he was pumping gas into his car when he was shot 15 times.

"It just encompasses the spirit of community policing," Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Sgt. Kendale Adams told ABC News. "We want our citizens to be engaged and certainly that was an engagement process. It was a chance for him to share with the young girl and the young girl to share her compassion with the officer."

Keedy took a photo with the young girl, and the photo has been “liked” by about 14,000 people.

The officer is "pretty shocked" by the attention that the photo has attracted, according to Adams.

"He wasn’t trying to do anything for media. It just happened to turn out that way. He was really humbled by it all," Adams said. "This is a prime example of breaking down those silos that sometimes exist between law enforcement and the community."

Meanwhile, a deputy constable from Harris County in Texas posted a photo on Facebook Last Thursday after a similar gesture by a teenager who asked whether he could watch her back while she pumped gas.

Tommi Jones Kelley wrote on Facebook that she was pumping gas early in the morning "when this teenager I've never met before is standing right behind me & says, 'ma'am, do u mind if I stand here behind you while u get ur gas?'"