AMARILLO, Texas-- It's a time of many heartbreaking firsts.
Earlier this week, a Texas family experienced a very emotional first: It was the first time their dad wouldn't be there to see them go back to school.
Their father, Justin Scherlen, was a police officer with the Amarillo Police Department who died two weeks ago from complications he suffered during an on-duty crash, according to KVII.
So when it came time for the first day of school, dozens of Amarillo police officers surprised the kids by escorting them to class. They also lined up to give out hugs.
The school tweeted out that the officers were an "army of stand-ins for this important first."
The Amarillo Independent School District took video of the beautiful moment in which 4-year-old Jackson hugged each and every officer.
"I'd give it all back just to have Justin here with his son," Officer Daniel Smith told KVII.
Jessica Scherlen said she thought Justin "would be very proud of how his brothers and sisters have stepped up to be here for his kids."