A little boy received a special escort to school on his first day of kindergarten following his father's untimely demise. The Frio County Sheriff's deputies made the milestone as seamless as possible for the young lad.
A Kindergartener, Jr. Deputy Joziah Longoria of Frio County had reasons to smile again after his late dad's colleagues stepped up to usher him into his newest milestone.
In a Facebook post, the Frio County Sheriff's Office narrated how deputies came through for the young lad, who recently lost his dad, Justin Longoria.
Deputies escort a little boy on his first day of kindergarten | Photo: youtube.com/kens5
Before his death, Justin served as a Sheriff deputy in the county, spending the best years of his life in service to the community. The FCSO explained their decision to escort the little boy on his first day of kindergarten, to lessen the impact of his dad's loss on him.
Their heartfelt action was one of many they hoped to put in constantly, in honor of the deceased deputy, who they admittedly miss. They believed the gestures would help create beautiful memories for Justin's kids, who they have since embraced as family.
The Sheriff's office accompanied the post with a clip of a dozen deputies accompanying Joziah to school. The uniformed officers stood at the entrance of the kindergarten upon their arrival, while the little boy, wearing a red collared shirt and khaki shorts, acknowledged their kindness.
With a cute expression on his face, the youngster moved from one deputy to the other, shaking hands or embracing each one before moving on to the next.
The department referred to the fallen officer as a hero, referencing his years of passionate and committed service.
The boy also paid tribute to his father by carrying a lunch box bearing the portrait of his late dad, fully clad in his official uniform. Justin Longoria passed away about four months ago in a car accident while on his way to work.
The FCSO released a statement shortly after, saying the deputy died while traveling to serve his beloved community. The department referred to the fallen officer as a hero, referencing his years of passionate and committed service in the force.
Justin served as a public servant for about four years, beginning in 2017. Before becoming a Frio County deputy, the lost hero served with Dilley PD and has since worked his way up the ranks, the department confirmed in a Facebook post.
Another touching story of a young lad who received official honors following his dad's death happened in Spring Valley, New York.
Six-year-old Logan Lloyd lost his dad, Fireman Jared Lloyd, in the line of duty on March 23. A day later, multiple firefighters from the neighboring counties joined Jared's department in a firetruck birthday parade for the young lad.
For 40 minutes, these men celebrated the youngster's birthday, ensuring he did not feel his father's loss. Firefighter Matthew Boney noted that the parade was not a tribute to Jared, who died while trying to save a resident from a house fire.
It was solely in honor of the little boy, who was unaware of his dad's death at the time. Throughout the parade, everyone maintained high spirits despite their inner sorrows to leave the young lad as cheerful as possible on his big day.