Memphis police responded to an unusual call when they put their best foot forward and took an 8-year-old girl to a father-daughter dance.
The six cops attended with Jewel Warren, the daughter of officer Tim Warren, who was unable to attend because he died in the line of duty four and a half years ago.
Tim Warren was shot and killed in July 2011, when he responded to a domestic incident in downtown Memphis. Since then, his widow, Betsy, and children, Jewel and James, have been coping with the aftermath.
So, when the second grader was invited to the father-daughter dance, she was at a bit of a loss. But these heroes didn’t let something like this stand in the way of a fun night.
So, donning their sharpest outfits, and putting their best feet forward, these men made sure this little girl had a night she would always remember.
“We know we cannot replace Tim, but we can be there for his family when we are needed,” Officer Amen, one of the attendees, said in a statement. “It was truly a honor.”
Amen’s colleague, Officer Pfeil, added, “It was an honor to be able to attend this event and to help keep Tim’s memory alive.”
But the show of support didn’t end with local police. Area businesses donated flowers and photography to the cause, and a regional police association donated money for Jewel’s dress and transportation. According to Memphis PD, “[Jewel] received long stem roses from each officer, and was even able to catch a ride [to the dance] in a classic 1972 Cutlass Supreme.”
“They most definitely made sure that night will never be forgotten,”photographer Amanda Swain said. “I know I won’t forget it, and I’m positive Officer Warren smiled several times as he looked on from above.”
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