LIFE

Officer Takes A Photo With The Man Who Almost Killed Him

by Anna Halkidis
Anna is a native New Yorker who loves concerts, travel, good coffee, and her Jack Russell terrier, Charlie. She’s a multimedia journalist who earned her master’s degree from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Her true passion for telling stories keeps her inspired.

A North Carolina police officer faced every cop’s biggest fear: Officer JD Boyd said a man tried to stab him in the head during an altercation.

The stranger went to prison for his crime.

Almost a year later, Officer Boyd came face-to-face with the man who nearly killed him.

It’s almost hard to believe, but their latest interaction was a pleasant one as they posed together for a photo. Upon first glance, it’s easy to mistake the two for good friends.

Officer Boyd shared the photo on his Facebook page along with a positive update on the man’s life; He now has a full-time job and a son on the way.

“I was glad it ended well for us both that day and I am ecstatic now to learn that he has turned his life around and we can embrace as friends,” Officer Boyd wrote in the caption.

The surprising photo quickly went viral, just like the one of another officer from North Caroline holding a stranger’s baby. The photo reached over 200,000 likes and 79,000 shares, along with many comments from people praising the officer and the man for turning his life around.

“Best thing I’ve heard today! Anyone can change and deserves that chance at Grace! LOVE that you actually reconnected and got to hear this great news!” one person said.

View the heartwarming picture below, along with officer Boyd’s full message.

JD Boyd faced every cop's worst fear when he was almost stabbed by a man during an altercation. The man was sent to prison for his crime. To his surprise, Officer Boyd ran into him almost a year later.

JD Boyd faced every cop's worst fear when he was almost stabbed by a man during an altercation. The man was sent to prison for his crime. To his surprise, Officer Boyd ran into him almost a year later.

It would have been normal for Officer Boyd to be angry and walk away. But instead, he stopped to take this photo with him.

It would have been normal for Officer Boyd to be angry and walk away. But instead, he stopped to take this photo with him.

He shared the unexpected photo on his Facebook page along with an incredible update.

He shared the unexpected photo on his Facebook page along with an incredible update.

The officer also wrote a powerful message to encourage others to strive to be better just like the man who almost killed him.

The officer also wrote a powerful message to encourage others to strive to be better just like the man who almost killed him.

By posing with the man that almost killed him, Officer Boyd not only shows how important forgiveness is, he also proves that people – even those who have committed heinous crimes – can change.

Please SHARE to spread Officer Boyd’s positive message with the world!