A group of New York City Police officers showed up to a slain comrade’s home to send off his 5-year-old son on his first day of kindergarten.
Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo, 41, was killed in the line of duty while responding to a call last fall, WNBC reports. The 19-year police veteran left behind his wife and two sons, Joseph and Austin. At Tuozzolo’s funeral last year, the NYPD pledged its loyalty to his widow, Lisa, and his sons.
On Tuesday, the officers made good on their pledge, showing up at the family’s Long Island home to escort Austin to the bus stop on his first day of kindergarten.
“This morning we continued our vow to #NeverForget Paul’s family, as we send off Austin on his 1st day of school,” the NYPD wrote on Twitter.
Photos posted by the NYPD 43rd Precinct to Twitter show a group of about 30 officers at the Tuozzolos’ home.
“I was shot, and he saved my life, so myself and everyone pictured and thousands around the city have pledged to Lisa that we will always be here for her family and never forget them,” Lt. Emmanuel Kwo told ABC News.
“We felt we had to be here to make sure Austin feels completely surrounded with love and that his mom doesn’t forget that she has us by her side through all these momentous events.”