A Hingham Police officer says he had the best dinner date of his life after recently enjoying a meal with a toddler at Panera Bread.

Sergeant Steven Dearth was eating at the Derby Street restaurant when Lillian, an outgoing 3-year-old girl, asked if she could join him.

A video posted by the department shows the two having a good time, chatting and enjoying their meals together.

Dearth was on his dinner break when Lillian left her family behind, approached him in line and stuck up a conversation.

“I think that they’re nice. I love police,” Lillian told 7’s Kim Lucey when asked what she thought of police officers.

Dearth said he learned a lot during the conversation and that it’s an experience he’ll cherish forever.

“It meant the world to me. It was the best break I ever had,” Dearth said.

Dearth gave Lillian a junior officer badge with the hopes that she’ll share her experience with other young children.

“I learned a lot about her. She’s very outgoing,” Dearth said. “She can be whatever she wants to be.”




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