Watch: Friendly Police Officer Plays Hopscotch With Little Girl in Viral Video

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In an age of instant connectivity and technological devices taking much of our attention, we have to admit — it’s heartwarming and nostalgic to see a child outside playing hopscotch.

On April 19, Det. Lyle Gensler of the Grand Prairie Police Department was on his lunch break when he noticed a young girl while in his cruiser, whom he calls “Claire Bear,” playing the old-fashioned game on a sidewalk in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Deciding to join in on the fun, he captured video of the two of them playing and shared it to his Twitter account.

In an interview with Inside Edition, Gensler said he never thought their playtime would get so much attention. Because the moment is such a rarity, every major media outlet in the U.S. has picked it up.

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Gensler says he always waves to the little girl and her mother, Dawn Clay, who shot the video for him on his cellphone.

“I didn’t think anyone would believe me when I went back to the station and told them I played hopscotch with a little girl,” he said.

But there was one thing in the forefront of Gensler’s mind that had him most anxious — not falling “on my ass,” he said.

“[Cops] are pretty top-heavy because of all the gear we carry. So when I leaned down to pick up the rock, I almost fell over,” he said.

[H/T iStock]


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