The first day of school is an important milestone for kids, which is why parents are there to send them off. However, one New York police officer never got to witness the special moment after he was killed in the line of duty.
Last year, NYPD Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo was fatally shot after responding to a call about a home invasion in the Bronx. Since his tragic passing, his brothers and sisters in blue vowed to make sure his wife, Lisa, and their young son, Austin, were always supported.
So when Austin started his first day of kindergarten, about 30 officers showed up to send him off to school in his father’s place. “Since Sgt. Tuozzolo couldn’t be here to put his son on the bus for his first day of kindergarten, his 43 family made sure little Austin was not alone on his first day getting on the bus!” Lt. Emmanuel Kwo wrote on Facebook. “We promise to never forget and to always be here for this family! Have a great day Austin!”
“I was blown away,” Lisa said. “I found out when I opened the front door and was ready to bring Austin out for typical first day for school pictures. They said since day one that they would be here for my family and they really have stayed true to their word.”
“I told him that his daddy’s friends from work came to make sure he had a good start to his first day. He understands to an extent. He was very excited and shocked. It meant a lot to all of us,” Lisa said. “It’s been really difficult. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about and miss my husband and wish he was back here with us. Not just for the first day of kindergarten, but just being able to hang out in the back yard.”
“He was excited when he got off the bus,” Lisa added.” It’s comforting to know that everyone has my back, the way Paul would have had my back, so I can do the right thing for my children.”
Watch the entire video below to see what these officers did for a fallen officer’s son on his first day of school.
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[Featured image: NYPD 43rd Precinct]