Typically on Thanksgiving Day, members of the family gather together, taking time off from work and other such obligations. As the name of the holiday implies, it's a day to give thanks for the people around you, the roof above your head, and much, much more. But for Thanksgiving 2015, Brittany Beard Hilton and her husband Steven Hilton opted to put on their uniforms and watch over the community.
She is a detective with the Bridge City Police Department in Texas; he is an officer in West Orange. The couple posed for a picture on that day and later uploaded it to Facebook, in which Brittany addressed the negativity surrounding law enforcement officers. "Before you say hateful things and put all officers in a category ... remember we are all individuals attached to a delicate thin blue line," she remarked. "We are attacked daily and getting killed just for putting on a badge."
Her post struck a chord with readers, who were eager to show their support for the couple. It was shared over 8,000 times and later covered by a local news outlet. The parents of four were surprised by how popular the post became, but were hopeful that it would help create a more positive image of law enforcement officers everywhere.