Starstruck toddler in awe hugs Austin officer

APD Officer John Noetzel hugs a toddler in awe (@Austin_Police)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A family outing turned into a special memory for a local toddler. Take a look at this picture posted on Twitter by the Austin Police Department. Some 10 days ago, a family who recently moved to Austin went to the Holiday Stroll and lighting of the Christmas tree at the Capitol.

The family spotted Officer John Noetzel. They waved, he waved — and then approached them. The mother of the 2-year-old boy you see in this picture says the officer made her toddler’s day, after he shared what he does as a police officer. The young boy whispered to his mom that he wanted to give the officer a hug. The child says he was star-struck and is still talking about that night every day. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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