US cop asks 6-year-old girl in a wheelchair to dance and the Internet goes 'awww'

In a video posted on Facebook, officer Sandy Fernandez is seen gently pulling the girl by the hand as she sits in her wheelchair.
In a video posted on Facebook, officer Sandy Fernandez is seen gently pulling the girl by the hand as she sits in her wheelchair.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM FACEBOOK/JUAN MANCHA

A policeman in the Houston has become an Internet celebrity after asking a girl in a wheelchair to dance with him at a birthday party.

In a video posted by Facebook user Juan Mancha, who was a deejay at the party, officer Sandy Fernandez is seen gently pulling the girl by the hand, as she sits in her wheelchair.

The video was viewed more than 98,000 times, and shared more than 1,700 times since it was posted on Monday morning (July 2).

"I felt like she knew me, even though I had never seen her before," Mr Fernandez told news agency CNN.

"We danced a couple of songs and towards the end she didn't want to let go."

The Houston Police Department also shared the video on its Facebook page, adding: "This is what #relationalpolicing is about!"

Netizens who watched the video reacted positively, praising Mr Fernandez for his actions, and thanking him for bringing joy to the girl.

Facebook user Sandra Mac Eachen wrote: "Thank you Officer for making the little girl feel special! You Sir, are special too!"

Another user, Bob Gardner, commented: "I see a man dancing with a little girl whose smile just fills my heart. I do believe this is (a) good example of love for others."

CNN reported that after the dance, the girl gave Mr Fernandez a plastic flower. He gave her one in return, and they hugged and parted ways.

He told CNN: "She not only reminded me of my sister, who was born with brain damage and is in a wheelchair, but she also reminded me of my nine-year-old daughter. It really touched my heart to see her so happy.

"My job is to build a relationship with the community, and that's pretty much what I was doing."