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story.lead_photo.caption 2016 FILE PHOTO: Police Officer Tommy Norman gets a fist bump from Roderick McClinton as he hands out water, snacks and toys to children at 16th and Sycamore streets while on patrol in July 2016 in downtown North Little Rock.

A North Little Rock police officer who has been celebrated for his commitment to community policing threw out the first pitch at Thursday night's St. Louis Cardinals game at Busch Stadium.

Video of officer Tommy Norman's ceremonial pitch before the Cardinals' 4-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds drew thousands of views on Norman's Facebook and Instagram accounts, where he has considerable followings.

In posts on social media, Norman called throwing out the pitch a "huge honor" and "one of the biggest days of my life."

Norman, who also met with local authorities during his visit, thanked the Cardinals and St. Louis-area law enforcement agencies for their support.

"St. Louis is family now, and I love each & every one of you," Norman wrote on Instagram and Facebook. "From the bottom of my heart, a sincere & humble THANK YOU!"

[PHOTOS: North Little Rock police officer Tommy Norman through the years]

Gallery: North Little Rock Police Department officer Tommy Norman through the years

Norman has more than 1.2 million followers on his Instagram account, on which he chronicles his day-to-day interactions with people on the streets of North Little Rock through photos and videos. His post about the pitch earned more than 13,000 likes in less than a day.

Norman has earned national attention for his work, including appearances on CNN and admiration from rapper The Game. The performer earlier this year helped raise $50,000 for Norman and the North Little Rock Police Department's work in the community.

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  • JPRoland
    September 30, 2016 at 11:26 p.m.

    Its nice to see such a wonderful human in action. Thank you for the kindness and hard work you put into making the world a better place.

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