Hundreds of officers from across the country attended San Antonio Police Department Officer Miguel Moreno's funeral on Friday. When they left his service at Community Bible Church, they were met with notes on their patrol cars.
Nearly a dozen children, ages 3 to 16 years old, spent the last two days creating the cards to express their condolences to SAPD after the loss of Officer Moreno. The kids said that the purpose of the cards was to help lift the officers' spirits and give them a reason to keep going.
"I was taken aback," said one officer who found a note on his car. "There's hundreds of police cars out here and they're out here in the hot son and they're putting them on all of our patrol cars, so it really meant a lot."
Each child spent hours coloring and writing at least 20 handmade notes. They said that the idea was inspired by their parents and a Bible study group.
"Sometimes, these days, police officers don't feel loved by their community and we want them to know that there is a group of people out there that love them," said Allen Madera, one of the parents helping the kids. "Part of being a good citizen is appreciating those who protect us."
Officer Moreno dedicated nine years of his life to protecting the San Antonio community. The kids said that the cards are their way of saying thank you to him and others who risk their lives to keep everyone safe.