Cop Performs National Anthem When Singer Gets Caught In Traffic

Carlton Smith, working the game as a university police officer, answered the call of (singing) duty.

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!"

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