Police dashcam shows officer and boy playing game of catch

(Rosenberg Police Department/Facebook)

January 20, 2014 7:27:39 PM PST
A police officer from Texas is winning praise nationwide for something caught on his cruiser's dashboard camera.

Rosenberg Police Sergeant Ariel Soltura was on patrol, driving through an apartment complex parking lot when he saw a young man standing by himself.

"I got out, and I think the universal sign that everybody knows for throw me the football, I held my hands up in a triangle form," Soltura told ABC News.

And play they did, on a perfect Saturday afternoon.

The video impressed Soltura's bosses so they posted it on the department's Facebook page, where it went viral. People were drawn to the connection between a cop and a kid who never even knew each other's names.

The boy, 10-year-old Jermaine Ford, says he wants to be a football player or a police officer when he grows up.