Sgt. Noel Ramirez, of Trenton, Florida, was not able to escort his son to his first day of school on Friday.
That’s because the seven-year veteran of the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office was gunned down in cold blood last April. Sgt. Ramirez and Deputy Taylor Lindsey were eating lunch in a diner when they were ambushed by an assassin. Both officers were killed.
Little Noel Ramirez, III was left without a father.
So on Friday morning, the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office gathered to escort the son of their fallen colleague to Chiefland Elementary School.
Noel was greeted with a standing ovation at the school house door by a number of kind-hearted deputies.
“Our hope is that some day when he is older, he will look back on this day with fond memories and realize the love and respect we all feel for his Dad,” a sheriff’s department spokesperson wrote on Facebook. “RIP Sgt Ramirez knowing GCSO had your son’s back and we will be there to help out any way we can in the days to come.”