Move over Batman and Superman. There's a new hero in town. Meet Corporal CB Fleming, the officer who has become famous in South Hill, Virginia for his dedication in his community. South Hill is not too far from Richmond, Virginia, the capital of Virginia. Despite not wearing a cape or utility belt, he's earned the affectionate nickname of Batman from his neighborhood kids. Last week, a gas leak led to a dispatch call that brought Fleming and a few emergency responders to Lesha Roper-Boswell's home.
"It's just amazing the bond that he has with the children, especially around here. My daughter and my niece and some of the other children here were afraid of cops," Roper-Bosell said.
While making sure that the house was safe, Fleming struck up a conversation with Roper-Boswell and learned that her daughter, niece, and other children in the area were afraid of police officers.
Determined to change that, Fleming got down on the sidewalk and played with the kids, surprising and delighting them all, and providing himself to be a bright spot in their day. Roper-Boswell was stunned and captured a heartwarming video of the interaction, which has gone viral on social media.
" For me to be a catalyst to young people regardless of race, color, creed or religion. I feel like I can be a positive change," officer Fleming said.
Officer Fleming is a father of 6 and he's a 15-year veteran of the South Hill Police Department. He's always made it a personal goal to be a positive part of his community.
He said, "when I got into this job, I knew there was something different other than just writing tickets and being the bad person all of the time. I figured if I could be the bright spot in someone's day, then that's all that mattered," he told WTVR CBS 6. Fleming's impact has been incredibly profound.
Roper-Boswell said, "he's awesome. That's the only word you can really use to describe him. He's changed my daughter and niece's lives. For him to make my child feel safe, she doesn't even have to call 911. She just has to call CB if she's in trouble. I'm glad he made this a part of his job."
Fleming's genuine affection for the neighborhood kids and his community has won him their love and admiration. And he doesn't need a fancy costume or attention grabbing-gimmick to do it. It's his positive attitude and dedication to his job that makes all the difference. CB Fleming is a true hero in every sense of the word and we need more people just like him.
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(via CBS 6 Richmond)