Paul McCarthy and his wife were eating at Johnny Huston’s Grille and Bar, a popular Navarre eatery, on Sunday when they noticed two Santa Rosa County deputies having dinner.

Paul McCarthy and his wife were eating at Johnny Huston’s Grille and Bar, a popular Navarre eatery, on Sunday when they noticed two Santa Rosa County deputies having dinner.

In the wake of that day’s killing of three Baton Rouge, La., law enforcement officers, McCarthy wanted to show his appreciation to the deputies by offering to buy their dinner.

“Turns out, we were number six in line to pay,” McCarthy wrote on the Concerned Citizens of Navarre Facebook page. “Gotta love this restaurant and the people of Navarre.”

McCarthy is not alone in his desire to show appreciation to local law enforcement officers. According to Niceville Police Department administrative assistant Sheila Bates, the department has been flooded with well-wishers.

“Oh my goodness, we’ve been fed so well!” Bates said with a laugh. “We’ve had so many people stop by with food, and others just wanting to give us a hug. It’s been wonderful!”

Corey Dobridnia, the public information officer for the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, said it would take all day to list all of the acts of kindness that have been directed toward deputies over the past few weeks.

“In addition to individuals, we’ve had numerous restaurants in our county feeding deputies for free as well,” Dobridnia said. “The other day an adorable little girl came by with a tray of cookies, and another group of kids brought a cake to our South Walton substation.”

Okaloosa County deputies are getting their share of love, too.

“Kids with The Random Acts of Kindness Club and a sponsor brought in cupcakes and thank you letters for our deputies at the Stahlman Office in Destin,” said Michele Nicholson, the office’s spokeswoman. “We’ve been inundated with people wanting to say thank you.”

The community will have another opportunity to show its support on Saturday when Gordon Martial Arts of Crestview hosts Community for Cops, a free family fun day.

The event — from 9 a.m. to noon in Gordon Martial Arts’ parking lot at 130 W. Oakdale Ave. — offers a chance to have positive interaction with local law enforcement officers.

Games, face painting, a dunk booth, a bouncy house and door prizes will be available.

In addition, the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office will provide free children’s ID kits.

Call 850-682-0720 for more information.

Tom Gordon, owner of Gordon’s Martial Arts, said the event was originally inspired by the shooting of Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Myers.

“We may disagree on a lot of things in this community,” Gordon said. “But I think the one thing we can all agree on is that we need to treat our law enforcement officers with respect.”