Florida deputies escort son of fallen officer to first day of school

GILCHRIST COUNTY, Fla. - Sheriff's deputies in Florida paid tribute to their fallen colleague by being there for his son when he couldn't.

Gilchrist County Sheriff's deputies lined up outside Chiefland Elementary School waiting for the boy Friday morning. His father, Sgt. Noel Ramirez, Jr., was killed in the line of duty.

"Our hope is that some day when he is older, he will look back on this day with fond memories and realize the love and respect we all feel for his Dad," the Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post.

The boy, named Noel Ramirez III after his father, received a standing ovation and a round of applause on arrival, according to the Facebook post.

"RIP Sgt. Ramirez, knowing GCSO had your son's back and we will be there to help out any way we can in the days to come," the post said.

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