Everyday Heroes

Police Officer Takes Girl Who Lost Her Dad To School Dance

She thought she was going to miss out on the biggest night of the year – until a hero stepped in.

Officer Nick Harvey said he was all nerves when he approached 8-year-old Avey Cox at her lunch table last month.

"I did not want to be rejected by a second-grader," he told CBS News.

Harvey signed up to escort a child in need to the school's annual father-daughter dance. Cox's dad passed away in January, so he was hoping he could be her "date."

"She was sitting at the lunch table and I walked up and said, 'Hey, did you talk to your mom?' And she said, 'Yeah.' And I'm like, 'Would you like to be my date for the daddy-daughter dance," and so she's like 'yes' and I was 'phew,'" Harvey said with a laugh.

Harvey was Avey's date to the annual father-daughter dance at her school. Nick Harvey/Facebook

Cox was thrilled that she would have a date for the dance, especially since she didn't think she would be able to attend.

"I've been wanting to go for a long time, but my dad couldn't take me," she said.

Harvey pulled out all the stops on the night of the dance, including showing up to Avey's house in a police cruiser. The duo posed for photos with some of the other students and their fathers. Another officer booked a limo to take Avey and her friends to the dance.

Avey picked out a pretty red dress and curled her hair for the event.

Avey and her friends got to ride in a limo before the dance. Nick Harvey/Facebook

When asked what the best part of the night was, Avey said it was dancing "like crazy" with her date. Now, she's making plans for her future – she says she wants to be a police officer when she grows up.

As for Officer Harvey, not only did he have a great time, but he had some words of wisdom to share with other parents.

"Don't take anything for granted," he said. "Enjoy your kids. Appreciate their childhood because they won't be little for very long."

What a sweet gesture from Officer Harvey. We're sure Avey will remember his kindness for years to come.

Harvey said "reasons like this make my job the best job for me" after the dance. Nick Harvey/Facebook

How can you start something good?

You might not have the opportunity to take a child to a father-daughter dance, but you can support children in need in your community in other ways.

You can sign up to be a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters, or you can help a teen in foster care succeed in college through Foster Care to Success.

Let's #StartSomethingGood together.

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