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.


As always, context is everything, even in the case of an innocuous selfie featuring two cute cops!

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.

Aside from being a demoralizing environment in which to work, when popular sentiment turns too far against the police, mob mentality can make their jobs downright dangerous.

In response to these environmental factors, officer Brittany Hilton wanted to give the world a quick look at what's REALLY going on.


(This is where the context gets important. I told you it mattered. Even in police selfies.) Get the real story on the next page.

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.

Something a lot safer, that's for sure.

You probably wanna know what she's doing now that she's done giving her Thanksgivings to law enforcement work.


Well, it's a good thing her Turkey Day is all free now. See why on the next page.

She's working as a chef!

How's that for a diverse array of talents?

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, she's offered her thoughts and prayers to the survivors and victims.

But that's not all she's done. She's also put forth her time and effort.

She's not just giving her time as a cop, but as a Christian, Texan, and fellow human being.

It's a wonderful thing that embodies the spirit of her holiday selfie in a way that no other picture could.

She's now got a lot more on her plate, but serving the public seems to be what Brittany is called to do.

We all feel a little better knowing she's out there not just looking to arrest criminals but to help people as well.

Keep it up, Brittany and Steven!


Your one selfie may have got you fame, but it's your continued good deeds that have everyone cheering for you months later!