Cops stand by fallen officer's son at kindergarten graduation: 'We were all glad to be there'
Growing up without a father can be tough on a kid, but the Chicago Police Department has Alex Valadez Jr.'s back, attending the boy's graduation ceremony in an emotional display of kindness.
Several officers of the Chicago Police Department were in attendance to represent their fallen colleague and father of the graduate, Alejandro Valadez, Sr.
Officer Valadez Sr. was killed in the line of duty in 2009 when his son was only three weeks old.
The officers, along with the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation — a non-profit organization that honors the lives and supports the families of fallen heroes — proposed the idea to attend the graduation and make Alex's day unforgettable.
"He came out with the biggest smile on his face," CPMF volunteer, Kate McMahon, told InsideEditon.com. "We were all glad to be there."
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The officers congratulated him with handshakes and several hugs signifying the special bond between the 5-year-old and the department.
Alex even received an honorary policeman's jacket and a new bike to commemorate the occasion.
"Everyone wanted to be a part of it and support Alex," said McMahon. "We are truly a family."