7-year-old boy remembers fallen Deputy Dhaliwal, with whom he had a special bond

National

HOUSTON, Tx. (WFLA/CNN) — The country has heard a lot of stories about Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal, but one image has truly stuck with people — a photo of him hugging a young boy.

Courtesy: Amanda Williams, CNN

Dhaliwal met Connor Williams, 7, by complete chance, and now that boy hopes to follow Dhaliwal’s example into a life of service.

Connor was just 3 years old when he met Dhaliwal at a gas station in Texas.

“It makes me kind of sad because just thinking about him in my mind just makes me want to cry,” Connor said.

The boy’s mom said Connor didn’t cry when he first saw the deputy’s picture on television, but broke down later that night telling his grandmother what happened.

Connor attended a gathering at Deputy Goforth Park honoring Dhaliwal.

Courtesy: CNN

“He has not died in our hearts. He is still in there,” Connor said, with a yellow and blue pinned over his heart.

“He is up there with the angels because now he is an angel.”

LATEST STORIES:

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Top Videos

Monday Morning Forecast

Thumbnail for the video titled "Monday Morning Forecast"

Attorneys call arrest of Tampa megachurch pastor after packed Sunday services "unconstitutional"

Thumbnail for the video titled "Attorneys call arrest of Tampa megachurch pastor after packed Sunday services "unconstitutional""

St. Petersburg parks open, for now

Thumbnail for the video titled "St. Petersburg parks open, for now"

Tampa Bay area workers continue to be unable to file for unemployment benefits through state

Thumbnail for the video titled "Tampa Bay area workers continue to be unable to file for unemployment benefits through state"

Sarasota County reports cases of COVID-19 at senior care facilities

Thumbnail for the video titled "Sarasota County reports cases of COVID-19 at senior care facilities"

Why are Floridians waiting up to 11 days for COVID-19 test results?

Thumbnail for the video titled "Why are Floridians waiting up to 11 days for COVID-19 test results?"

a nonprofit organization is delivering free pet food to pet owners across Hillsborough County

Thumbnail for the video titled "a nonprofit organization is delivering free pet food to pet owners across Hillsborough County"

Polk County prepares 60K devices for virtual learning to begin Thursday

Thumbnail for the video titled "Polk County prepares 60K devices for virtual learning to begin Thursday"

Passover celebration may look different this year due to covid-19

Thumbnail for the video titled "Passover celebration may look different this year due to covid-19"

The meaning of Passover

Thumbnail for the video titled "The meaning of Passover"

The Chabad of Clearwater: Matza giveaway

Thumbnail for the video titled "The Chabad of Clearwater: Matza giveaway"

Social distancing efforts underway in Tampa

Thumbnail for the video titled "Social distancing efforts underway in Tampa"
More Local News

Trending Stories

get the app

News App

Weather App

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss