NYPD Gives A Fallen Officer's Son A Heartwarming Send-Off To Kindergarten

"His 43 family made sure little Austin was not alone on his first day getting on the bus!"

On Nov. 4, 2016, Sergeant Paul J. Tuozzolo of the 43rd Precinct of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) responded to a home invasion when he was fatally shot. He left behind his wife, Lisa, and his two young sons, then aged 3 and 4. Tuozzolo's "family of blue" has remained committed to the Tuozzolo family by starting the Patches For Paul Facebook page and ensuring they will be there for them.


The NYPD stayed true to their word when they gave now-5-year-old Austin a special send-off to his first day of Kindergarten.

Lieutenant Emmanuel Kwo was with Sergeant. Tuozzolo when he lost his life. Kwo survived a gunshot himself and started the Patches for Paul Facebook page. On September 5 he shared the post explaining how NYPD wanted to ensure Austin had a special first day of school.

"His 43 family made sure little Austin was not alone on his first day getting on the bus!"

He added, "We promise to never forget and to always be here for this family!" The heartwarming post showed a photo of approximately 30 police officers standing with Austin and his family outside his house. In the video, the NYPD officers standby as Austin boards the school bus. 

After the photos of the 43rd Precinct's kind gesture began to go viral, the Patches 4 Paul Facebook page wrote a heartfelt thank youl to everyone.

"It's been amazing to see the love pour in from all corners of the country for young Austin. We here at #patches4paul would like to thank every single person who liked/followed and watched Austin's first day." they wrote. "This page is all about reminding Paul's family that he will never be forgotten and that there are thousands of good hearted and loving people all over this country who keep him and their family in their thoughts."

(H/T: Today)


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