Albany police officer earns Jefferson Award for spreading positivity
FOX 31 continues to honor our local heroes with the Jefferson Awards.
The Jefferson Award is the nation's longest standing and most prestigious organization dedicated to celebrating public service.
The April Jefferson award winner is Travis Goodson.
It's no secret Goodson can sing. It's something he's been doing for awhile now.
He says, "I was really involved with my parents, my dad was a singer and we used to go around to different churches and sing and we just liked lifting people up."
Goodson, who is also an Albany police officer, knew his gift of singing was to be used in an unique way.
He says, "With so much negativity in the world, it's so important to spend just a small amount of your time and the gifts you have to just make other people happy."
A few months ago, a video of Goodson singing went viral.
"And we just had two people hanging out, he began to play and sing on his guitar and I asked if I could join him. We sang a couple songs together and someone just happened to capture that moment on camera," says Goodson.
For him, it was just another instance to spread positivity and love through singing. Since then, he started the Hug A Cop Initiative to continue showing others the message.
"Every single day, I find someone and I give them a hug and I tell them I love them and they're cared for and it makes a huge difference."
Aside from that, he wanted people to see that cops are people too.
"We're humans, we're people, we're citizens first and that basis that connects us is love why don't we share that in a physical sense in a non-inappropriate way."
Since the viral video and the Hug A Cop Initiative, Goodson is hopeful for the future.
"If we turn those small things into love and joy versus anger and hatred and by sharing that we can change the entire country and the entire world, I'm positive of it."