Painesville, Oh. Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy Zach Ropos pays it forward to a girl who paid it forward

Holly Springs, Ga. a little girl named Gabrielle who is 9 years old was running a Lemonade stand when Sheriff’s Deputy Zach Ropos stopped by and got a glass of Lemonade from her and struck up a conversation with her as many Officers would. He asked what she would do with her hard earned cash. The child told him she would use it for a new iPad for school and games. Deputy Ropos left after their conversation and gave it some thought figuring he might help. But there is a twist to all of this.

Ropos told the girls mother that he had an old iPad that he no longer used and believed he might get it working again and that he would bring it to them the next day.

When he went home he found that the iPad would no longer update and that it was un-serviceable. according to Yahoo News he said:

“I went home that night, fired up the iPad, but it just wasn’t updated anymore … nothing really worked on it,” Ropos explained.

Still Ropos wanted to keep his word so he went to a tore that worked with him on the cost of a new iPad and contribute to the child.

He returned to the mother and daughter and spoke with the child. “I talked to the little girl, gave her a speech about how courageous and admirable I think her efforts were to save up her money,” Ropos said. “I asked her how much she saved up, and she said she only had a few dollars.”

However during their discussion the child admitted that her mothers car had run out of gas, so Gabrielle had given up her hard earned cash to her mother to help with keeping the car running.

“When she told me she gave the money to her mom … that’s when I almost started crying because of how great of a kid she really was,” Ropos said.

Ropos gave her the iPad as a gift and the moment was captured when he did by a Sergeant who had heard what was going on.

“She just wouldn’t stop hugging me,” Ropos said. “Seeing her face is how I remember Christmas when I was 5 years old. She couldn’t stop smiling,” Ropos said. “Her smile was worth a million dollars.”

“It’s not as though this is the first time something has happened,” Said Sheriff Dunlapwho is the sheriff of Lake County. He also cited when two deputies bought a child a bike several months ago. “And you’re really not supposed to brag about your good deeds. But there’s been so much negativity about law enforcement … that a sergeant on his shift heard about what was going on and decided to take a picture.”

Dunlap has not personally spoken with Gabrielle and her mother, but said, “I was told both the mom and girl were in tears. Tears of appreciation and joy. From what the deputy said, they were surprised and extremely grateful.”

Dunlap said he always tells graduating classes, “If you pass a kid’s lemonade stand, buy a lemonade. You don’t have to drink it. If you see an old person’s garden, acknowledge it. There’s plenty of chances in police work to be kind. [Ropos] took it the extra step.”

Lake County Sheriff's Deputy Zach Ropos with Gabrielle giving the gift of an iPad
Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy Zach Ropos with Gabrielle giving the gift of an iPad
Photo Credit: ABC News


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