9-Year-Old Pays Police Officer's Breakfast Tab and Gives the Most Inspiring Note

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A 9-year-old boy paid for a police officer’s breakfast on Thursday morning and gave him a note that left the local cop speechless.

Noah, 9, was with his mother, Amanda Cantin, at a local Denny’s in Lakeland, Florida to get breakfast and spotted a police officer dining alone.

According to Inside Edition, Noah asked his mother if he could go by and say hello, but as he approached the officer, Cantin said the young boy grew nervous.

He then asked his mother if he could pay for the officer’s coffee and Grand Slam breakfast with his birthday money, to which she agreed. After picking up the check, the young boy’s only request was to write a note on the receipt for the officer, which he would then personally hand to him.

The receipt read, “I want to be you when I grow up. Thank you for your service.”

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Noah bravely presented the check to Officer Eddie Benitez, who was speechless by the kind and thoughtful gesture from the 9-year-old.

Cantin said that Benitez had no idea why her son was walking over to him with a tab, telling Inside Edition that his “face was very shocked.”

Benitez thanked Noah and asked if they could take a picture together. Later that day, the Lakeland Police Department posted the photo with a caption that thanked Noah for the good deed that made Benitez’s day.

Cantin reveals that her son wanted to be a police officer for the past four years.

“I’m going to make the world a better place and capture the bad guys,” Noah told Inside Edition.

Noah’s mother says her son needs to stop growing up so fast, but she couldn’t be more proud of him and his big heart.

“If 10 years from now, he puts on that uniform and has that badge on, I will be a one proud mom,” she said.


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Tania Hussain |

Tania Hussain is a native of Toronto and a Hoosier at heart, studying journalism at Ball State University in Indiana. She has a mad love for fine cheese, film, music, and meeting people upon her many travels. When Tania’s not writing at Womanista, she can be found going for long nature runs, rooting for the Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Cardinals, photographing sights and food, or writing for her online magazine, The Hudsucker. She is also a member of the Indy-based, Society of Professional Journalists—one of the oldest organizations in the U.S. that promotes and represents journalists.