The family of a fallen police officer—who was shot and killed in the line of duty upon responding to a hostage situation in the Bronx, New York—has experienced fully, the support extended by the police department. Over 30 officers came to escort the son of this fallen officer on his first day of school, a year after the fatal incident.
Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo, a model police officer, was tragically killed in the line of duty in November 2016. To honor this fallen hero, Tuozzolo’s colleagues promised to look out for his family whom he’d left behind—his wife, Lisa Tuozzolo, and two sons, Austin and Joseph. A year later on Sept. 5, they showed that they’re officers of their word.
It’s a significant day when parents are finally able to send their kids off on their first day of school, a privilege that Sgt. Tuozollo sadly never experienced. But, on Austin’s first day of school, 30 police officers from Tuozollo’s police department gathered together to show their commitment to the bereaved family.
The benevolent act was filmed and uploaded to social media. The video, titled “Sea of Blue,” shows 30 uniformed police officers gathered on the front yard outside Tuozzolo’s home, ready to send Austin off on his first day of kindergarten.
“Since Tuozzolo couldn’t be here to put his son on the bus for his first day of kindergarten, his 43 family made sure little Austin was not alone on his first day getting on the bus!” wrote Lt. Emmanual Kwo. “We promise to never forget and to always be here for this family! Have a great day Austin!”
Whilst young Austin had a great send-off that morning, Mrs. Tuozzolo is sure to remember this bittersweet day and the thoughtfulness of her late husband’s colleagues.
According to Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association: “These three little words, duty, honor, and country, are words that were woven into the fiber of Sergeant Paul Tuozzolo’s being. It’s how he was raised. It’s what he believed.”