Healing Hugs: Texas Police Surprise Slain Officer’s Kids on First Day of School

When Officer Justin Scherlen of the Amarillo Police Department died two weeks ago from complications from an on-duty vehicle crash, he left behind his wife, Jessica, and their kids, Fox 8 reported.

For the first time, the children’s father would not be there for them on their first day of school, so Scherlen’s department planned a very special tribute to him.


Dozens of cops—“an army of stand-ins”, as the school called them— came over to the Scherlens’ home and escorted the heartbroken kids to school.

When they arrived at school, Scherlen’s four-year-old son, Jackson, walked over and hugged every single officer:

Justin “would be very proud of how his brothers and sisters have stepped up to be here for his kids,” Jessica Scherlen said.

Watch the heartwarming video above, and let us know what you think in the comments.


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