A Virginia police officer has gone viral after he shared a video in which he showed off his vocals.
On March 4, Mervin Mayo, an officer with the Richmond Police Department, posted a two-minute Facebook clip of his rendition of the gospel song “Best in Me.”
“When everyone else around could only see my failures, God saw the best in Me,” he wrote. “It doesn’t matter what I did, because God sees me for who I am…. He knows MY heart..”
The footage almost immediately became a hit among Facebook users, receiving over 22,000 reactions and more than 3,000 comments.
“Truly speechless!!!” one quipped.
“You go Mr. Policeman!” another wrote. “Beautiful!!!!!!”
“What a God Given Talent and Voice,” a third posted in response. “God bless you brother!!”
In an interview with WTVR, Mayo, who has been with the department since 2005 and currently serves as a school resource officer, said that he has been taken aback by the response his clip has received on social media.
“I never expected this outcome… at all,” he said.
The officer also revealed that he has been singing since he was about eight or nine years old — around the time he started singing in the children’s choir.
“I know this sounds cliché, but I am music,” Mayo explained. “When I think of music, I am music. Yes, I’m a police officer, but I’m music. When I’m on this piano and singing, nothing else matters.”
Still, in light of his recent fame, the officer said he ultimately would like to preach one day and hopes that his video inspires others.
“It really doesn’t matter what you’re going through,” he said. “The song says, ‘God sees the best in you.'”
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