LUCEDALE, MS (WLOX) - There's nothing quite like a hot cup of coffee and cool conversation, and that's exactly what happened Wednesday as Coffee with A Cop made an inaugural stop in George County.
At the McDonald's in Lucedale, there were plenty of pictures being snapped, and plenty of cups of coffee on hand. Samantha Emerson was there with her family.
"We just thought it was important to come out and celebrate them and let them know we support them. With the negative attention they are getting right now in the country, we love our cops, we want to support them," Emerson explained.
Some police officers took turns serving customers at the drive-up window; others were given gifts.
"I thought it was important to bring my grandchildren to meet the police department and see them because you hear such things about them being in a bad light and being here today, you get to meet them person to person," said one customer.
It was an event that meant a lot to the officers, including Assistant Chief Kellum Fairley with the Lucedale Police Department.
"It's a great relief to know that you have people that still believe in law enforcement with everything going on in today's society. With Lucedale being a small city, words cannot express the way I feel," Fairley said.
The large crowd did not go unnoticed by Lieutenant Joe Apker.
"For this being the first time, a lot of people have come out and showed support and we want to show that we support our community."
At the height of the event, a minor accident occurred, and the cops spring into action, doing what they do best, protecting and serving.
The first ever Coffee with A Cop at the McDonald's in Lucedale was put together and hosted by Crimestoppers of South Mississippi.
"When they've coming together to visit with a citizen over a cup of coffee, what do you do over a cup of coffee. You sit down and you talk. Whether it's about the weather or their children or their grandchildren and it's stress free," said Lori Massey.
Event organizers hope to host coffee with a cop in George County at least a few times each year.