San Jose police dept. grateful for note left on officer's car in Denver

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KTVU) – It was a simple act of kindness that went viral.

Lauren Talbert told KTVU she had no idea that a note of gratitude left on a police officer's car would touch so many lives. It especially touched San Jose Police who lost an officer last month.

When a Denver police officer came across this handwritten note on his patrol car, he immediately thought this can't be good. However, when he read it, it was the polar opposite.

The note said, "Dear Officer, I'm from San Jose. We lost an asset to an amazing team last week. Thank you for your risking your life every day for my safety. God Bless, Lauren."

"I had a prompting in my heart that was like Lauren you should tell him thank you," said Talbert. "He's not going to know who you are."

The week she wrote the note, San Jose Police lost Officer Michael Johnson shot and killed in the line of duty. Talbert grew up in San Jose and now lives in Denver.

She said she left church one morning and got inspired when she parked next to a patrol car. The 27-year-old nanny tore a piece of the church bulletin hoping to make an officer's day and it did.

"It was very touching a very sweet note that said basically thank you," said Lt. Dik Kushdilian of Denver Police.

For weeks, Denver Police took to social media hoping to find Lauren to personally thank her. The note went viral. They then enlisted the help of San Jose Police. It had special meaning for them since Lauren mentioned Officer Michael Johnson.

"She mentioned him as an asset," said Sgt. Enrique Garcia of San Jose Police. "Wow that is pretty deep."

On Wednesday, KTVU connected Lauren with San Jose Police, surprising both of them.

"I'm glad we got a chance to meet right now via FaceTime," said Sgt. Garcia. "Thank you so much. You are awesome. The entire San Jose Police Department is grateful."

The San Jose Public Information Officer was so appreciative for once at a loss for words.

"If it's touching me," said Sgt. Garcia. "I can't imagine how it's touching Mike's family. It's touching the rest of the department. I don't know how else to say it. Thank you Lauren, thank you."