RICHMOND, Va. -- A Richmond Police officer has become an internet sensation after a video of him singing his rendition of the "The Best of Me" went viral.
Officer Mervin Mayo posted the video on his Facebook Tuesday morning with the caption:
“When everyone else around could only see my failures, God saw the best in Me... it doesn't matter what I did, because God sees me for who I am.... He knows MY heart…”
In just over 24 hours, the video has more than 350,000 views and 15,000 shares.
Officer Mayo has been with the Richmond Police Department since 2005 and now serves as a school resource officer at Richmond Alternative School.
In a Facebook post by Richmond Police, Officer Mayo shared his inspiration in singing the Marvin Sapp classic.
"I’ve always been inspired by this song, but for some reason, I couldn’t get it out of my head. So, I had to get to a piano immediately to minister to myself," Officer Mayo said. "Know that, no matter what you are going through, there is a higher power that looks beyond your faults and see your needs."
Officer Mayo went on to say that he loves sing worship music and it’s a big part of who he is.
“I sing in or out of uniform at the drop of a dime,” he said. “I had just gotten off work and stopped by the church, where I am a minister of music, on the way home to do Praise and Worship for myself. I have to minister to myself before I can minister to someone else."
With thousands of views and shares, Officer Mayo’s soulful voice is resonating with people from all over the world.
He is also getting rave reviews on the WTVR Facebook page.
“Love it. Great voice and message!” said Barbara Scruggs.
“You better sanggg,” said Avis Winston.
“Sang that song Officer Mayo. Got my eyes sweating,” said Carolyn Brown.
“Love it such an amazing gift from God,” said Juliet Chatten.