“Dear Daddy,” Makenna Holt’s letter began, “I hope you don’t get hurt, but I hope you help other people that need it more than you do. I hope no one gets hurt more. I hope everyone gets away the hurricane. I love you!”
Scott Holt, who’s been an officer for 22 years, told ABC News he saw his daughter’s note Monday morning in their kitchen as he was headed to work.
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The Waco Police Department commander admitted that he didn’t have a chance to read the note until about an hour after he’d left for work.
“This is something that she often does, so I just grabbed it and took it with me,” he said of the note.
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When Commander Holt did eventually read the letter he recalled telling himself, “Typical Makenna!” He added that his daughter has a “huge heart.”
“In her 12 years of life, we’ve been through a lot, so she’s getting to the age where she has her own level of understanding,” he said, noting that the police department recently had a fellow officer severely injured on duty. He’s now recovering, Commander Holt said.
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Holt said he still has his daughter’s note, which was shared on the police department’s Facebook page.
Sgt. Patrick Swanton added in a caption: “As our off-duty officers head into harm’s way to help with Hurricane Harvey rescues, we thought we’d share with you one of their family members thoughts.”