Approximately 60 friends, family, and fellow law enforcement officers, gathered to mourn the death of Missouri police officer Blake Snyder, who was shot and killed in the line of duty last Thursday.
After several hours of mourning, St. Louis county police lieutenant Karl Bulla offered to pick up food for the group and drove to a nearby Chick-Fil-A with his partner. He placed a nearly $500 order, then got a surprise from the cashier that brought both men to tears.
“The young lady behind the counter said I just want to let you know this is taken care of,” he explained. “No, it wasn’t taken care of by us, although we would’ve done that. It was taken care of by a gentleman who, don’t tell him, but he’s sitting right behind you.”
Bulla and his partner expressed their gratitude to the man, who explained that he wanted to do something for the men and women who keep him safe. The man also told the officers that he wished to remain anonymous.
Lt. Bulla said he hopes the man contacts him in the future, because he wants to honor the kind stranger who took care of them in their time of grief.
“You’ve got my card. I’d love for you to call me because we want to take care of you. If I can just buy you a coffee or take you out to lunch somewhere it’s the least I can do for you,” he added.