My heart! This little boy named Kaleb Crowder lost his dad Joe to a heart attack when his father was out jogging.
When it was time for his fifth grade graduation, I’m sure Kaleb was devastated his father wouldn’t be there to see it. That’s when his dad’s former colleague showed up to make it right. Or, at least as “right” as this terrible situation can possibly be.
They all showed up en masse. They posted a photo to their Instagram, with this caption: It meant the world to us to watch you graduate 5th grade today. We promise to be there for all of your accomplishments. We know your dad is so proud of the fine young man you are. We love you, Kaleb. #BBPD792 #bbpdpride #graduation #boyntonpd #boyntonbeachpolice
The Daily Mail has the details of the story:
Officer Crowder had served nearly 14 years in the Boynton Beach Police Department, and was also a staff sergeant in the Army Reserves.
After his death, his colleagues vowed to always be there for Kaleb and his brother and on Friday they did just that by showing up at the Northboro Elementary School graduation ceremony.
‘It meant everything to us to be there. We all felt like proud parents,’ Stephanie Slater, the police department’s spokeswoman who also attended Kaleb’s graduation told the Palm Beach Post.
‘We are so proud of the fine young man that Kaleb is and we know that Joe was smiling his giant smile this morning watching Kaleb, too.
‘When he was walking down the red carpet and he saw us his face just lit up. He sat two rows in front of us and kept looking back at all of us. There were lots of hugs and smiles.’
Very sweet! Check out this scene. They filled up so many rows!
That is so inspirational! Love to see these guys sticking together!
Image Credit: Instagram
Hat Tip: DailyMail