It happened during a lunch break. Three police officers from Homewood, IL were heading in to a local eatery when they heard a little girl exclaim, “look, there are police officers!” What followed surprised them. The parents approached the cops who said their 9 year-old daughter, Kina, had been saving her allowance to purchase medals of St. Michael the Archangel, patron of police officers, from Italy. She had meant to give them to any cops she happened to see, although she seemed to have left them at home.
The officers thanked Kina for her thoughtfulness, and went in to lunch. Apparently Kina went home and got the medals because a short time later, Det. Morache, Deputy Chief Peddycord and Chief Cook were surprised to see Kina and her 3 year-old sister Keeli running up to their table, “with the biggest smiles on their faces and handed us a handful of St. Michael [medals]. Kina told us that there was enough for us to give to every officer.”
Kina’s parents let them know that their daughter, a student at Saint Thomas More Catholic School in Munster, IL had made sure the medals had all been blessed, and also that she had recently undergone heart surgery. “…she is a very spiritual little girl [who] prays for the safety of all police officers in these hard times,” wrote Detective Morache in relating the story. He added “Thank you Kina and Keeli for your thoughts and prayers for our safety.”
Your DC correspondent was playing with action figures when he was 9; Kina is praying for action figures, to which we can only say, “Wow!”