Kevin Will, Jr., made quite the entrance for his first day of kindergarten.
His father, Officer Kevin Will of the Houston Police Department’s vehicular crimes division, was killed in an on-duty crash on May 29, 2011, and nearly 100 of his fellow officers in blue walked the boy down the road to his first day of college.
The officers, mostly from the Houston Police Department — 13 of them mounted on horseback — took the boy on an almost one-mile trek to Wildwood Elementary School in Tomball, Texas.
Officers came from as far south as McAllen, as far north as Fort Worth, and as far west as Odessa.
Even a helicopter escort arrived overhead.
“I think he was way overwhelmed now,” his mother, Alisha Will, told The Houston Chronicle. “But he was excited about kindergarten, and I spoke about the officers being here because his couldn’t.”
The boy was born three months after his dad died.
Officer Will, who was 37 at the time of his death, had been for two decades with the department. He studied engineering at Texas Tech University and worked in fund before he became a policeman in 2009.
Alisha Will noted that although her son lost his dad, he gained a family from his dad’s officers.
“He understands,” she said, “that they’ll be there. ”
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