When you post a picture on social media, you're never quite sure who will see it.
That was the case for officer Brittany Beard Hilton of Texas, who posted this photo of her and her husband, fellow officer Steven, to her Facebook page, not knowing it would go viral with over 100,000 shares for one unexpected reason.
At first glance, this seems pretty straightforward.
Two (incredibly photogenic) cops taking a seflie. Hopefully, they weren't driving when they took this pic. It doesn't appear that they are. Other than that, what's the big deal, right?
Well, to get at that, we have to get at the reasons for the pic.
In the current climate, police officers have the overwhelming support of the public they serve.
But that support has been fledgling recently in the wake of current events that have many skeptical or even downright antagonistic of law enforcement.
While law-abiding police officers are the rule, and not the exception, the criticism can make doing their job tougher.
In response to these environmental factors, officer Brittany Hilton wanted to give the world a quick look at what's REALLY going on.
Brittany posted the photo in response to the negative criticism law enforcement has been receiving, and to remind people that police risk their lives and make sacrifices for their families.
"Before you say hateful things and put all officers in a category….remember we are all individuals attached to a delicate thin blue line," she said. "We are attacked daily and getting killed just for putting on a badge. You voice your opinion, and rally against law enforcement over tickets!! We are risking our lives."
The photo serves to remind us that the law enforcement community is full of brave, heroic, and compassionate people.
And for that, we're all thankful.
Well, all of us are, actually. The response on Facebook has been overwhelming.
You'll be happy to know that the selfie-taking couple are still doing great, though Brittany hasn't hung up her badge and gun entirely, she HAD pursued a very different line of work as well.
You probably wanna know what she's doing now that she's done giving her Thanksgivings to law enforcement work.
She's working as a chef!
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, she's offered her thoughts and prayers to the survivors and victims.
She's not just giving her time as a cop, but as a Christian, Texan, and fellow human being.
She's now got a lot more on her plate, but serving the public seems to be what Brittany is called to do.
Keep it up, Brittany and Steven!