Huntsville Police keep things fun at Cotton Row Run with ‘YMCA’

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Thousands ran in the Cotton Row Run on Monday, so Huntsville Police were out in full force keeping everyone safe. Several officers decided to keep the mood light and have a little fun with their holiday duty by dancing with some runners to "YMCA."

One woman caught the moment on camera and shared it to her Facebook page saying "HSV Police are the best..."

Debbie Hosmer, who runs the 10k every year, is the woman who caught the spectacle on video.

“The YMCA kicked on, and I just heard people start laughing, and I turned around and all three of them were just busting out to the YMCA,” Hosmer said.

She thinks the police were doing their jobs-- making sure everyone was safe and interacting with the crowd. Them upping their game and dancing while on the job helps to make police appear more approachable to people who may otherwise be intimidated.

“We see the police just in one light sometimes, and we see them in a uniform, and we don’t see the people behind the uniform,” Hosmer said.

The Huntsville Police Department Facebook page shared her video, that has now been viewed more than 60,000 times since being posted Monday morning. The department said "When 'YMCA' kicks off, you can't just be a bystander! HPD Officers showing off their moves during the Cotton Row Run."

Officer Gaines deserves recognition, also. Encouraging and high-fiving all the runners going out and coming in for all the races. Three hours of enthusiasm. Amazing picture with Laurie Harris and Renee

This morning, Deborah Hosmer's video has more than 1,000 shares.

After seeing this story, another viewer reached out to WHNT News 19 asking us to also recognize Officer Gaines. She was stationed at another location along the route encouraging runners with high fives and sharing "three hours of enthusiasm."

Nice job, HPD! Thanks for giving up your holiday.