Texas Cop's Playful Act of Kindness Makes Him 10-Year-Old's Hero

Speaking the universal language of football

A Texas cop on a routine patrol made an impression for life when he took the time to throw a football with a 10-year-old boy who was playing by himself.

The dash cam on Sgt. Ariel Soltura's patrol car captured the spontaneous moment of him getting out of his car and signaling for a pass from 10-year-old Jermaine Ford, who lives with his mom, two sisters and a female cousin in Rosenberg.

The Rosenberg, TX police department put the video on their Facebook page and it went viral. Jermaine and the sergeant were reunited yesterday and made a pact of friendship for life.

The boy told Fox & Friends at first he thought he was in trouble because when the police come that's what it usually means.

Millions have now viewed the video and Soltura says he hopes it serves as a model for how the police can create more cooperation through a positive healthy relationship with citizens.

"With me being a single parent he really doesn't have a male role model in his life but I do my best with him," Jermaine's mom Tynesa Mathews told Fox & Friends.

"That's going to be an impact on my son's life for the rest of his life," Mathews added. Sgt. Soltura, who is the father of a 5-year-old boy, exchanged phone numbers with Jermaine and told him, "We are friends for life, buddy." He also gave the boy a tour of his police cruiser.

A Fort Bend County little league football team the Rosenberg Roughnecks has come forward with a scholarship for Jermaine to play on their team.

The 10-year-old, who says Sgt. Soltura is his hero, now wants to be a football player or a police officer when he grows up.

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Yea right. You cant best believe internal affairs probably had a chat with this officer. Nice deed though

January 22 2014 at 10:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

A feel good story

January 22 2014 at 10:04 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Anne Boleyns Crown

Is Officer Soltura married? Because this guy is one of the good ones. It is so nice to see a good story about a police officer. Sometimes we only hear about the ones that do something bad and while I don't excuse that, being a cop has got to be one of the hardest jobs in the world...they see a lot of things that we couldn't imagine and the result from that is a high rate of suicide. "The 10-year-old, who says Sgt. Soltura is his hero, now wants to be a football player or a police officer when he grows up." Awesome.

January 22 2014 at 9:57 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

When we were kids in Manalapan, NJ, my friends and I would play basketball in front of my house. An office who we nicknamed Rock, for some reason, would stop in the street, get out and shoot a couple balls with us. He'd ask how everything was going, if we were doing well in school, what was going on in the neighborhood. He had no connection to us other than basketball. At the time, we took that kindness for granted being kids who didn't know any better, but i think back on that now and it was an awesome thing that he did. Im sure hes retired now as that was close to 30 years ago but if i saw him, id thank him for that.

January 22 2014 at 9:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Even the smallest acts of kindness really can leave an impression. That certainly was a good deed...wish more people would pay it forward. Communities as a whole should act more neighborly-cop or not his actions towards this young boy exemplified a good example period.

January 22 2014 at 9:50 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

oh please.. he can be nervous if he wants to., like the kid said when the cops show up in a blk hood its usually for a bad reason.. doesnt mean he was guilty... maybe someone he knew did something in the area and he had seen how they treat blk people! Thats why folks shiuldny stereotype folks who life in poverty.. theres good there , just because folks are poor dont make them bad and just because folks have money dont make them good! Good and badd in every race!

January 22 2014 at 9:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Several years ago in NYC two officers were disciplined for stopping to toss a football with some neighborhood kids. The reason being that you're not allowed to take breaks to "play games." When you're "on duty" there is no play time. Crazy city with crazy rules.

January 22 2014 at 9:46 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Anne Boleyns Crown

Yea, that's stupid. Seeing a kid playing alone is kinda sad. Small acts of kindness have a huge ripple effect. I've never been to NYC but being a little kinder to others anywhere can only be a good thing.

January 22 2014 at 9:59 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Kudos to this police officer. As a former police officer in one of this country's biggest crime ridden cities, I can't express, enough, the importance that acts of kindness and trust such as this means to our young people, of all races and cultures. This is why I strongly recommend organizations such as PAL (Police Athletic League) be promoted.

January 22 2014 at 9:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The kid had no reason to be "nervous" when he saw the police officer unless he was feeling guilty about something...sheesh.

January 22 2014 at 9:28 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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You obviously don't understand the street culture, in which this young boy is exposed.

January 22 2014 at 9:45 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Sgt. Ariel Soltura, you are a true hero to this little boy and to all of us who really need to see human compassion in the world the we live in. Thank you

January 22 2014 at 9:23 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

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