DUNCAN, Okla._Two complete strangers coincidentally thought the same thing at a Duncan restaurant this week when they showed their appreciation to local law enforcement by paying for their lunch.
Ronnie Corcorran, along with another mystery man, unbeknownst to each other, combined to pick up the tab for three Oklahoma Highway Patrolmen, an OBN agent and a District Attorney investigator. One man paid for the officers' meal and Corcorran's cash went toward the tip.
Corcorran says he has family in the military and law enforcement, and can relate to some of the things law enforcement face every day. He says while he was eating lunch, a voice was telling him to give the officers nearby something to show he was grateful for the job they do.
"It was one of those things that God kept putting on my heart. He kept telling me, 'I know you don't have much, but I need you to do this,'" Corcorran said.
Corcorran then asked his waitress, Olivia Williams, to break some of his change and told her he wanted to help pay for all five of the law enforcement officers' meals. Williams says she has family members who work in the business and loved the idea.
"I just thought it was so sweet. It was really, really sweet and it just touched my heart," Williams said.
When Williams went to clear Corcorran's table, he left a note and cash to give to the officers. Williams says she has seen good deeds done before, but not in a way like this.
"Two in one day...I thought that was crazy," Williams said.
Trooper Nathan Mackey was one of the officers having lunch at Rib Crib. He says this small token of appreciation means more than the ones who paid for the meals will ever know.
"These are trying times right now for anybody that's wearing a uniform, you know we are being a target, assassinated and shot for no reason. It's really nice to see people out there who really care," Trooper Mackey said.
Trooper Mackey says it renews their spirits and reminds them why they chose a career in law enforcement. He says he thinks times may be beginning to change.
"I think people are finally starting to realize that a lot of the negative press we are getting, the people are starting to get their feel of it and realize we are not all bad people," Trooper Mackey said.
Corcorran hopes that others in the community will follow suit and show support to local authorities.
"We've got to give these guys a break, they go out every day to sacrifice their lives. They take a chance of not going home that night," Corcorran said.