When a singer failed to show up for her performance of the national anthem at a basketball game between West Virginia University and Kansas, Officer Carlton Smith saved the day.
When the scheduled singer, Leslie Dorchester, got stuck in traffic during a really bad snowstorm pounding West Virginia on Tuesday, Smith, a former Mountaineer Idol, an American Idol contestant and a WVU graduate, stepped in to sing that night's national anthem and moved people to tears. Although being a cop is his day job, singing is his passion.
"Any chance I get to do the national anthem is always a big deal to me. I was just basically hoping I didn't mess it up too much," he said.
He certainly didn’t mess anything up. The crowd loved his performance and cheered and chanted "USA, USA!"