While attending MLB spring training for the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers, FL, 7-year-old fan Makenna Woodburn waited in line for an autograph from her baseball heroes.
Then a real hero appeared.
When Makenna noticed U.S. Army reservist Olyvia Russell standing to the side, she gave up her place in line and asked the camouflage-clad soldier for her signature instead.
“She’s the hero instead of baseball players,” Makenna told WBZ-TV Boston.
Makenna’s mom, Angie Woodburn, shared the experience on her Facebook page and revealed that a Red Sox player (whom she didn’t identify) told her, “you should be proud mom, you are raising them right.”
The family reconnected with Russell through social media and plan to meet again sometime soon.
“This little girl, she proved to me that what I’m doing in life is OK and I’m doing something that’s good enough,” Russell told WBZ-TV.
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