GASTON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - One of Belmont's finest has accepted a lip sync challenge making its rounds among emergency responders across the country - and he's challenging others to do the same.
On Tuesday morning, the Belmont Police Department shared a video on their Facebook page of Officer Benjamin Henderson jamming out to a very appropriate song for the challenge: 1983's "Every breath you take" by The Police.
Officer Henderson - a community relations officer - said some of the folks at Belmont City Hall challenged him after they saw other departments sharing the lip sync videos on social media.
He said the move was "a little out of character" for him, but was "seriously fun."
"I just love what I do," Officer Henderson told WBTV. "I wanted to send a good message to the community and have a good time. I just appreciate [Belmont Police] Chief Chad Hawkins letting us have fun."
He said he never expected the response the video got. By Tuesday evening, the post had been viewed more than 9,000 times and had more than 300 shares.
As for the next local departments to take the challenge, Officer Henderson is calling out the Belmont Fire Department, Mount Holly Police Department, Cramerton Police Department, Gaston Emergency Medical Services and, of course, his brothers and sisters at the Belmont Police Department.
And they've got their work cut out for them if they plan to follow Officer Henderson's performance. He - and the rest of us - definitely will be watching them.