Just like the men and women serving in the armed forces overseas, police officers working to keep us safe at home sometimes have to make the ultimate sacrifice, choosing duty over their own lives. They deserve our undying gratitude for protecting our friends and families, but sometimes it's easy to forget that they also leave behind families of their own.
Jewel Warren is an 8-year-old girl from Memphis, Tennessee whose father, Tim Warren was shot and killed back in 2011. He was on the job as an officer of the Memphis Police Department. Recently, six of his colleagues did something for Jewel that goes well beyond the call of duty.
Recently, the Memphis P.D. posted the following on Facebook: ""In July of 2011, one of Memphis' Finest, Officer Tim Warren, was shot and killed in the line of duty while assisting with a domestic situation in the downtown area. His family and fellow officers will never forget his ultimate sacrifice."
It went on to say "Officer Warren's daughter received an invitation to attend a father-daughter dance at her school. Saddened by the letter, she was at a loss." After getting the invitation, Jewel's mother reached out to see if any officers were willing to escort her daughter to the dance.
It didn't take long before good news came back. Jewel would attend the dance with not one, not two, but SIX of Memphis Police's finest. Officer Amen, one of the six, said, "We know we cannot replace Tim, but we can be there for his family when we are needed. It was truly an honor."
The whole community pitched in too, with flower shops donating boutonnieres and long-stem roses while a photographer named Amanda Swain volunteered to take photos.
Officer Amen's wife, Taylor said that "Jewel had so much fun, but as the officers started coming out of the dance, I noticed the smiles on their faces. I think they had more fun."
Another officer, Officer Pfeil, said, "It was an honor to be able to attend this event and to help keep Tim's memory alive."
Look at that smile! Jewel may not have gotten to dance with her father, but it's clear that she felt the love and support of the community around her.