Slain Firefighter's Daughter Goes to Graduation in His Jacket and Escorted by His Colleagues
Firefighters walked the daughter of one of their slain colleagues to her graduation two days after his tragic death, and the moment was special.
Although she was grieving her firefighter father's death, a high school student had a million reasons to smile and feel proud as she was surrounded by love from his colleagues.
Joslyn Carlon, a high school student, had always dreamed of seeing her father at her graduation from high school, but all her dreams were dashed two days before the occasion as her father, a Los Angeles Fire Specialist Tory Carlon was tragically killed in his station.
Carlon was killed by one of his colleagues, but hundred other firefighters made up for the loss and ensured that his little girl largely felt his presence on her big day. A clip shared on Facebook captures the touching moment.
Joslyn was overwhelmed when she got into the occasion, which took place at College of the Canyons, as she saw hundreds of firefighters lined up by the side of the entrance to greet her.
As she walked by her father's colleagues wearing his jacket, Joslyn was visibly emotional and acknowledged that the day was special despite her pain over her father's loss.
During the event, Battalion Chief Nick Berkuta remarked that the department had come in the place of their slain colleague who could not be there even if he wanted to, so they came out to fill his gap.
After the shooting, the suspect fled to his house, and when officials arrived at his home, they found it ablaze.
Berkuta called the firefighters present at the event a great fire family, adding that they all wanted to let Joslyn know that they are thinking about her. Capt. Chris Reade added that the team all left their activities and personal engagements to show up for Joslyn.
Almost 300 firefighters roared with praise and cheers when it was Joslyn's turn to receive her diploma. The moment was described as emotional and lovely.
Joslyn lost her father when an off-duty colleague returned to work and opened fire at him. Reports revealed that Carlon and his killer had a longstanding issue.
The incident reportedly occurred around 10:55 a.m. at L.A. County Fire Station 81. Another individual suffered injuries from the shooting.
Carlon, 44 and a father of three, had been with the department for 20 years and worked as a firefighter engineer. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds, which he later succumbed to.
After the shooting, the suspect fled to his house, and when officials arrived at his home, they found it ablaze with an individual with a gunshot wound located in the pool. The department described the situation as shocking and revealed that investigations are still ongoing.
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