GOOD NEWS Officers Stand in for Fallen Colleague and Escort His Daughter to Prom
A group of Florida police officers went above and beyond to honor a fallen colleague and his family.
Tarpon Springs Police Officer Charlie Kondek was shot and killed in the line of duty in 2014.
Kondek's fellow officers felt it was their duty to fill in for him and escort his daughter Aleena to River Ridge High School's prom on Saturday.
"It's our responsibility and our honor to stand in for Charlie. Charlie would be here, and he's not able to be here. So we want to be here for Charlie and for Aleena," Maj. Jeff Young told Fox 13.
Aleena's mom, Teresa Kondek, secretly planned for the officers to be waiting for her daughter when she got dropped off at the prom venue.
When Aleena arrived, she was totally surprised by the touching gesture.
She and the officers hugged, shed tears and took pictures together before they walked her into the dance.
"They always say, 'Never forgotten,' and I totally believe that,'" Aleena said. "They're always texting me, 'How are you doing?' and they step in with things that my dad did, and they're amazing. I love each and every one of them."
"I know he's always with me," Aleena said of her father. "I just kept smiling all day because I know he's watching down and I know he's probably tearing up watching me."
See more photos of the surprise prom escort on the Tarpon Springs Police Department Facebook page.