GREENVILLE, S.C. (WLOS) — Greenville City Police Officer Terence Brister is experiencing the fame associated with a viral Facebook post.
"The attention is fun. When I perform traffic stops now, the violator usually looks at me and says, 'Hey, don't I know you? You are from the Steve Harvey Show'," Brister said.
Back in January, Brister posted a picture of himself at a local Chick-fil-A with a 2-year-old boy. The child thanked him for his service and called him a hero.
It was a kind gesture that Brister felt compelled to share with his friends and family on social media.
"I don't post often, but I did, and it just went viral," Brister said. "I offered to buy him a cookie. He smiled, and the rest was history."
Before he knew it, Brister's post had hundreds of thousands of likes, comments, and shares. He also got recognition from national television shows.
The part of the post that resonated with viewers was when he said: "In a world that is divided by racial tension, prejudice, and discrimination, why can't adults be more like kids?"
Brister chose not to talk to any news outlets when this story first broke. Instead, he's used the publicity to promote his latest passion, self-defense.
The former Marine and police officer spends his free time teaching women and children how to defend themselves if they are ever in danger. His company is called Unify Self Defense.