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Act of kindness by Abilene waitress makes man with Down syndrome smile

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Millie Young, a waitress at IHOP in Abilene, just wants to make people happy.

“When people come in, I want to make them smile. If they leave happy, it makes me happy,” said Young.

On Tuesday, Young did just that for at least one of her customers. But this smile means more than she’ll ever know.

Dwayne Roach, 50, of Breckenridge and his mom came in for a bite to eat.

When Young came to the table, Dwayne’s mom said he immediately honed in on her name tag.

Young showed it to him and asked Dwayne for his name.

“He said, Captain America!” said Young. “I said, ‘I love that name!’”

Dwayne’s mom told KTXS that her son– who has Down syndrome – is fascinated by name tags and badges.

Before they left, Young returned with a name tag that read “Captain America” and pinned it to his shirt.

“That really made his day,” said Dwayne's mom, Regina Thomason. “She was very kind to do that.”

“When he left, I said, ‘Bye, Captain America!’ and he just giggled. It made me feel good,” said Young.

Dwayne's mom is not sure where Captain America came from. For a long time, he would tell people that his name was John Wayne. He's apparently a big fan of the late actor.

From the sound of it, Dwayne has enough badges to be a law enforcement officer in the Wild Wild West.

Thomason said Dwayne got several badges from his uncle who is a sheriff’s deputy. He got another when Breckenridge police made him an honorary police officer.

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