Family delivers a letter of thanks to Milwaukee County sheriff's deputy

Posted at 3:05 PM, Jun 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-08 16:05:24-04

It was a  lesson in humanity when Lewis Lea and his sons delivered a letter of thanks to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Deputy who helped Lea after being attacked.

"It means a lot for me," said Deputy Mason Kohlhapp.

"It's a teachable moment as a dad you want your kids to learn what's the right thing to do, how to make someone else feel appreciated and good," Lea said.

Deputy Kohlhapp was just doing his job. "You just treat everyone like they're family. If this happened to my family that's what I would want them to do," Kohlhapp said.

And apparently, the trip was a life lesson learned. 

Elder son Lewis Lea said, "It's a good thing for me to see. It teaches when somebody goes out of their way, you go out of your way and you thank them!"

But Lewis Lea admits he may have to re-evaluate his status as the family superhero.

"We got a running joke in the family that dad is the Black Panther, that joke might be ruined a little,"

When asked by TODAY'S TMJ4 reporter Rikki Mitchell if his dad was still the Black Panther, Lea's youngest son Maurice quickly answered "No." They all laughed.