The Short of It
Daddy-daughter dances are sort of a rite of passage for elementary-aged girls these days. But 8-year-old Jewel Warren's father, Officer Tim Warren, was killed while working his police shift four years ago. Jewel’s mom didn’t want her little girl to miss the father-daughter dance, so she asked the police community for help. And thanks to the Our Fallen Heroes Foundation, not one but six officers stepped in for their fallen friend, giving the girl a night to remember.
Jewel's mom was reportedly at a loss when the invite to the father-daughter dance arrived, according to a Facebook post from the Memphis Police Department—so she reached out to Donna Kirk, the founder of Our Fallen Heroes Foundation, and another officer's wife. A plan to make the night special for the little girl quickly came together. Six officers attended the dance, each presenting Jewel with a long stem rose donated by a local florist; boutonnieres and a corsage were also provided. A photographer volunteered to shoot the dance and a limo company sent a car—and not just any car, a classic 1972 Cutlass Supreme.
"We know we cannot replace Tim, but we can be there for his family when we are needed," said one of the police officers, Taylor Amen, in the post. "It was truly an honor."
Another officer phrased it beautifully in the PD's post: "It was an honor to be able to attend this event and to help keep Tim's memory alive." What’s more, the cops apparently had such a blast that there’s already a waiting list for the next event!
I'm a solo single mom, and while Jewel’s loss is so much greater than my son's, I can still relate. Every father’s day there’s a "donuts with dad party," and although my son’s dad chooses not to be around, my own dad and brothers haven’t missed a donut party in seven years. This stuff matters to kids, and it's heartwarming to see such a sweet example of a community coming together to help a family.