WVU Police Officer's National Anthem Goes Viral
A West Virginia University police officer has gained national attention after his unexpected performance of a rendition of the national anthem at a basketball game has gone viral.
Officer Carlton Smith sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the West Virginia-Kansas game in Morgantown on Jan. 12.
Smith says organizers, who knew he was a vocalist, asked him to step in after a winter storm prevented the scheduled performer from singing the anthem at the game.
Smith sang a capella and says he didn't have any time to prepare beforehand.
A video of his performance posted on YouTube has received more than 350,000 views.
Smith says the best part about this experience is receiving recognition for singing a song that has a special place in his heart.