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Mom's Video of Police Officer and Kids Goes Viral

When one Ohio mom noticed a police officer stopping his patrol car to play a game of hoops with neighborhood kids, she did what a lot of modern parents would do.

She got out her phone and started recording.

Bethany McManis, a childcare worker and pregnant mom of one, spotted Officer Paul Webb of Mansfield, Ohio, last week and began shooting the video unbeknownst to him and the kids.

"To me, it just showed a very humbling experience, like someone who is humble enough to get out and do something like that with the kids," McManis tells local news station ABC6. "I mean, they really need that."

"The shots I think she got of me are me missing," Webb joked to the news site once he watched the video. "I did make some, but we just played to five, and then there was a call that came in and I had to get back out on the road."

Despite the game only lasting a few minutes, McManis says she appreciates the officer's interaction with the community.

"Sometimes that's all you need — five minutes," she tells ABC6. "It can change a person's life."

While Webb says that now is a challenging time to be a police officer, he also says it's nice to see people who care about the work they're doing — work such as volunteering at "Safe Night" events at local parks to keep community members safe from crime.

He also doesn't want to take all the credit.

"There's a lot of great people that work here, and we are here to help," Webb tells ABC6. "That is what I really want them to know, and that we care."

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