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.

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