'An Army Of Stand-Ins:' Cops Take Fallen Officer's Kids To Their First Day Of School

Justin Scherlen was 39 and leaves behind a wife and four children.

Fallen Amarillo, Texas police officer Justin Scherlen's children were escorted to their first day of school this week by a host of their father's fellow cops.

According to Amarillo Globe-News, Scherlen died suddenly while on vacation with his family in New Mexico on August 4, less than a year after being involved in a serious car crash last September. An 11-year veteran, Scherlen was just 39 years old and left behind his wife and four children.

A short video of Amarillo police officers taking Scherlen's young son Jackson to his first day of Pre-K was posted to the Amarillo Independent School District's Twitter account with the caption, "After losing his police officer dad, he has an army of stand-ins for this important first."


Other pictures were posted by the Stand 4 LEOs Facebook page, which included a photograph of Scherlen's son Elijah.

KSAT 12 reports that Scherlen's cause of death is pending an autopsy, but if he is found to have died as a result of injuries, he will be regarded as having died in the line of duty.

Condolences may be sent to:

Police Chief Ed Drain
Amarillo Police Department
200 E 3rd Avenue
Amarillo, TX 79101


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