Four years ago, Officer Tim Warren was killed in the line of duty when he responded to a domestic disturbance call. While his death was a loss to the Memphis community, it was an even harder hit for his wife and two children.
Fast-forward to this past July, when Warren's 8-year-old daughter, Jewel, received an invitation to attend a father-daughter dance. Faced with the prospect of skipping out on an event that celebrated the loving bond between a father and daughter, the local community rallied to help Jewel.
On the day of the dance, six police officers appeared on her doorstep and accompanied Jewel to the event.
Jewel's mom, Betsy Warren, had reached out to Taylor Amen, a Memphis officer's wife, and Donna Kirk, the widow of a Memphis firefighter who founded Our Fallen Heroes Foundation, for help.
Kirk then connected Betsy with the Memphis Police Department. "It was an honor for each of the police officers ... [and] such an example of the true brotherhood," she told Yahoo Parenting.
And apparently, many officers rushed to be a part of the event, "but the space was limited," Kirk said. "We have been told there will be a waiting list for the next event!"
In her striking blue dress and good company, Jewel danced the evening away ...
Local florists donated to accoutrements to Jewel and the officers, and local photographer Amanda Swain donated her services to take photos of the dance.
Officer Amen was quoted on Facebook that it was an honor to be able to escort Jewel to the dance, adding: "We know we cannot replace Tim, but we can be there for his family when we are needed."