Cop Nails Anthem When Singer Gets Stuck In Storm
In some cases, the “serve” part of a police officer’s “protect and serve” motto goes a lot farther than any one would expect.
At Tuesday’s basketball game between Kansas and West Virginia University, Officer Carlton Smith really went above and beyond the call of duty.
Just minutes before the National Anthem was set to be sung, word made it to game organizers that the scheduled singer was stuck in the snow storm pounding outside.
Thankfully, someone remembered that one of the policemen working security for the game had been a contestant on American Idol. That policemen was none other than Officer Carlton Smith.
Speaking to Inside Edition, Smith said “They were like: ‘Hey, we need a favor. Can you sing the anthem?’ I said, ‘how long do I have?’ They said ‘about five minutes.’ ”
So Smith squared his shoulders and took the microphone. With no prep time or prior knowledge, he walked to the middle of the court and made his squad proud.
His amazing performance was captured on video.
The crowd was understandably thrilled and impressed with Officer Smith’s performance.
Smith, with a humble nod, left the floor to cheers from the crowd and handshakes from the court-side.
“Any chance I get to do the National Anthem is always a big deal to me. I was just basically hoping I didn’t mess it up too much,” he stated.
In a time in which a good number of Americans don’t even know the words to “The Star Spangled Banner,” Officer Carlton Smith demonstrates what it means to proudly live each of them.
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source: Inside Edition