Austin officer shares about his hug with starstruck boy

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The picture of a hug shared by Austin Police Officer John Noetzel and a 2-year-old boy has been warming hearts across the Internet, especially since our story went online Tuesday. Noetzel joined KXAN News on The CW Austin to talk about the story behind the hug and where it came from that night. 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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