DONEGAL, Ireland (CBS Local) — A young Irish boy’s advice for people to maintain social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic is resonating around the world.
Jack Beattie, 9, of Donegal is an honorary sergeant of the Irish National Police Service, otherwise known as Garda Síochána Donegal, meaning “Guardians of the Peace.”READ MORE: Texas Officer Dies After Crash With 18-Wheeler While Responding To Emergency
Beattie, who suffers from osteogenesis imperfecta, also known as brittle bone disease, was given his uniform two years ago, according to RTÉ Ireland.
Thanks to the Little Blue Heroes Foundation, a police nonprofit which supports families with children facing long-term illnesses, Beattie has even been given trips to Ireland’s police headquarters in Dublin.READ MORE: Padel Players Try Out For US National Team In Dallas
While travel restrictions have limited Jack’s trips of late, he was happy to put on his Garda uniform to add his voice to appeals for people to keep up social distancing.
In a 23-second video posted on Facebook, Beattie urges residents to maintain social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak — advising people to only make trips “if it’s really necessary.”
“Stay in, stay safe And save lives,” he says.MORE NEWS: Over 250 Guns Surrendered To DeSoto Police During Saturday Event
The video has been shared more than 19,000 times since it was published April 17.