In a fad sweeping the nation, members of law enforcement are showing off their musical sides with the viral Lip Sync Challenge. Many have faced the call with brave faces and lyrics aplenty, including a Topeka Police officer who decided to honor his fallen comrades.
In a video that boasts more than five million views, officer Steven Block recognizes that an officer is killed in the line of duty every 53 hours on average. Wishing that his fellow men and women in blue were still around, Block decided to lip sync Cole Swindell’s heart-wrenching song “You Should Be Here.”
“As I watched the others I realized I wanted to do something different and unique,” Block said in an interview with KSNT. “I wanted the video to be less about me and more about the fallen officers.”
The response to his video has come from far and wide, with many praising his efforts.
“The most powerful messages have been from surviving family members and spouses thanking me for the video,” Block shared. “I’m amazed by its reach and humbled by the response.”
Added Block, “Remember and honor the sacrifice of our fallen officers. They all should be here.”
Block wasn’t the only law enforcement officer to channel a country singer for the viral challenge. Several officers from the Dallas Police Department created a medley of songs, with its kick-off tune playing as Kenny Chesney’s “Get Along.”