Responding to a unique call for help this month, six cops attended a father-daughter dance with 8-year-old Jewel Warren, whose father, Memphis, Tennessee, police officer Tim Warren, died in the line of duty four years ago.
Tim Warren was shot and killed in July 2011, when he responded to a domestic incident in downtown Memphis. Since then, his widow, Betsy, and children, Jewel and James, have been coping with the aftermath.
So it's understandable that when the 8-year-old girl was invited to a Sept. 4 father-daughter dance, she was "at a loss," according to a post on the Memphis Police Department's Facebook page.
In an effort to comfort her daughter, Betsy Warren contacted Taylor Amen, who's the wife of a Memphis police officer, and Donna Kirk, who's a widow of a Memphis firefighter and the founder of Our Fallen Heroes Foundation, which benefits families of first-responders.
Kirk connected Betsy with several Memphis Police Department representatives, who passed along the request to officers. Six cops volunteered to attend the event with young Jewel, and most, if not all, showed off a few dance moves along the way.
"We know we cannot replace Tim, but we can be there for his family when we are needed," Officer Amen, whose first name was not included in the Facebook post, said in a statement. "It was truly a honor."
Amen's colleague, referenced as Officer Pfeil, added, "It was an honor to be able to attend this event and to help keep Tim's memory alive."
But the show of support didn't end with local police. Area businesses donated flowers and photography to the cause, and a regional police association donated money for Jewel's dress and transportation. According to Memphis PD, "[Jewel] received long stem roses from each officer, and was even able to catch a ride [to the dance] in a classic 1972 Cutlass Supreme."
Amanda Swain, who donated her photography services to the event, told TODAY.com via email that it was "truly an honor" to capture the experience. "Jewel's smile spoke volumes," she said. "These officers, some [of whom] are also dads, enjoyed themselves tremendously."
"They most definitely made sure that night will never be forgotten," Swain added. "I know I won't forget it, and I'm positive Officer Warren smiled several times as he looked on from above."
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