GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Women are swooning on social media for Gainesville cops in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. If laughter is good medicine, the healing has begun.
The Gainesville Police Department’s Facebook has been inundated by thousands of comments about a number of its police officers on-duty during the hurricane.
The Florida-area department posted a photo of Officers Nordman, Hamill and Rengering on Sunday, writing, “…part of the night crew getting ready to do some work. #Irma.”
Two days later, the department had to update their post after receiving more than 110,000 comments, over 280,000 likes and more than 170,000 shares — all asking about the relationship status of the three officers, or demanding they release a calendar, reported people.com.
As of today, the comments exceed 136,000.
“Y’all should do a calendar, where you’re half dressed, for charity,” one commenter wrote, with another adding, “I’m Charity and I approve this message.”
The swooning continued as others commented, “I can’t believe how many women are objectifying these poor, fine, young, strong, handsome, brave, sexy, delicious, virile, ovulation-inducing, mouth-watering, beefy….. I can’t remember where I was going with this….”
Here is another among the thousands of comments, “Looks like my next vacation will be spent in Gainesville rolling through stop signs and driving with a tail light out every evening until I’ve been pulled over by the entire night shift. It’s gonna get expensive, and my insurance premiums will go through the roof from all those tickets, but… *fans self with a stack of travel brochures and birth control pamphlets* ”
Their fans have written from abroad, “I ‘liked’ the Gainesville police page just because I wanna know when the calendar comes out….. all the way from northern British Columbia CANADA.”
Some wrote they were thinking of calling 911, and specifically asking for the officers included in the photograph.
The police department took the comments in stride, updating their initial post with more information on the officers — including a calendar featuring their officers.
“UPDATE: 1. We are dying with the comments. You’ve actually made our chief blush with some of them,” the post read.
“2. MRS. Nordman and MRS. Hamill have also enjoyed knowing how millions of women are going crazy over their husbands,” the post continued, adding, “3. We can confirm that Officer Rengering (far right with the amazing hair) IS SINGLE.”
“4. On another note, Officer Rengering is being placed into Cougar Prey Protective Care, similar to the witness protection program for his safety,” it read. However, they want to discourage people from calling 911 in order to get a glimpse of the officers.
“5. Please do not call 9-1-1 and request this groups respond to your “incident,” as well as, “6. There WILL be a calendar.”
“Thank you all for the hilarious comments… they have brightened our time up here. As for the calendar, we are going to try and do something fairly quickly and funds raised will go to Hurricane Irma recovery here in Florida.”
The department later posted another photo of one of their officers — to the excitement of many women online.
On one of the photographs of Officer Hatcher one commenter wrote: “I’m convinced this police department is fake and this is actually an ad for Magic Mike 3.”
As mentioned earlier, there is a proverb that says, “Laughter is good medicine.” So this exchange on social media is truly a human interest story in the midst of tragedy.
The popularity caught the attention of the Sarasota Police Department, which posted a photo of their own officers on Tuesday, which was shared by the Gainesville police on Facebook.
“Officers Raulerson, Craig, Gloeckner & Hughes responded to help our friends at the North Port Police Department & North Port Fire Department this afternoon with rescues due to rising floodwaters from Hurricane Irma,” their post read. “Gainesville Police Department has nothing on us.”
Moreover, there have always been groupies attracted to cops in uniform. Although there is open hostility to police officers in our culture, it’s nice to feel love and support from this select crowd who can be counted on for public endorsements.
Finally, we are appreciative of men and women from every agency who have stepped up to the plate following multiple hurricanes. Here are some serious pics of the folks assisting one of their own.
(Photo courtesy Gainesville Police Department Facebook)