Local police officer protects and serves kindness
When Lynn Haven Officer Mikayla Edwards responded to a call of a broken down vehicle at Taco Bell she wasn't sure what to expect.
"And I was leaving to go back to the station and seen people standing in line at the drive-thru talking and I had been like, 'People don't stand in line at the drive-thru,'" Edwards said.
That's when she discovered a mom and her three kids in the broken down car.
After helping push the car into a parking spot, Edwards noticed the mother was facing another dilemma. Edwards said, "Then the mom... you know the kids were talking about how hungry they were- I had overheard. So she had said something like she only had enough money to get one of them a meal. She was talking to the older kid, the 15-year-old."
Edwards didn't think twice as she went into the restaurant to buy the whole family food on her own dime. "And then I let the kids sit in my car while she went inside and play with my sirens and lights and everything else," she said.
But Edwards' good deed didn't go unnoticed.
"A citizen actually witnessed it and sent it to us on Facebook because Mikayla would have probably never told us," Chief Ricky Ramie of the Lynn Haven Police Department said.
Months passed and Edwards thought the incident was in the past until she was invited to a special luncheon by the Bay County Chamber of Commerce where she was honored with a first responder's award.
"It felt really good but a part of me was like, you know, I don't really deserve this award because everybody does the same thing I did, they just don't get recognized for it," Edwards said.
For her it wasn't a gesture of kindness- it was just part of her job.
Ramie said, "A lot of people don't realize this is not all about writing a speeding ticket or arresting somebody. This actually goes on more than you know in law enforcement."
Now Edwards has temporarily traded in her badge and gun for bed rest. Her newest sidekick is expected to report for duty in December.
As a mother, she hopes to set an example for her three children. She said, "So the biggest thing would be to care for others, honestly."